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6:33 pm - 04/11/2012

Update on Necomimi: Moving Cat Ears to Be Sold in Japan This Month, International Release to Follow

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The Japanese project Neurowear announced that it will begin selling the consumer version of its Necomimi (a stylized romanization of the Japanese term for "cat ears") headbands at the Nico Nico Choukaigi event, which will be held in Chiba Prefecture's Makuhari Messe event center on April 28 and 29. Neurowear will offer the moving headbands at the special event price of 7,900 yen (about US$97), before the regular retail release at 8,980 yen (about US$111). The company also revealed last month that a North American version has been completed.

Rather than a standard headband with cat ears on it, Neurowear claims that Necomimi detects the brainwaves emitted by the wearer and moves the ears accordingly — twitching, folding down, or perking back up. NeuroSky, the company that developed the cat ears' brainwave technology, will demonstrate Necomimi at the United Kingdom's Gadget Show Live event, which will take place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England from April 11 to 15. The American news magazine Time named the "smart cat ears" as one of the best 50 inventions of 2011.

Last year, Neurowear posted videos of the Japanese pop singer Miu Sakamoto and the musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, her father, demonstrating the cat ears. The Necomimi ears were also on sale in the dealer's room at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington last weekend.


Sources: ANN & Rocket News
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mjspice 11th-Apr-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hence my "BEWARE!" comment. XD
kazu_kumaguro 11th-Apr-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
why would you want people to be able to read your mood so easily anyway.
justagimmick 11th-Apr-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think I want some.
kira_nari 11th-Apr-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
not sure if I want

...but these are indeed interesting.
xoxoslpy 11th-Apr-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
squallina 11th-Apr-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
These are going to be the new tamagotchi; they'll be at every anime convention for the next two years. Then after that characters with cat-ears will go completely out of fashion.

That is until motorised cat and fox tails are introduced to the market. ;)
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chimerari 11th-Apr-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
not gonna pay for this, but if anyone feel like sending me a pair for Xmas I won't say no either XD
chimerari 11th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
this is gonna be so cool for Loveless cosplays...
squallina 11th-Apr-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Nooooo, I'd almost forgotten about that. Numbers of women Loveless cosplayers kissing each other, running off to a bathroom, then coming back without their ears and expecting the whole hall to be scandalised may actually increase! (>_<)
go_chan2011 11th-Apr-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Right~ Like if Japanese men were needing more kinky stuff to get off~
squallina 11th-Apr-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
So true. :(
inachan89 11th-Apr-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
the technology behind it sounds cool but why the hell should i spend so much for this thing??sounds like something people would fuss over for 5 minutes and then go "so now what?" lol
yinky_xuan 11th-Apr-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
ryuichi sakamoto is adorable!!!!!!! he seems so serious when he's playing the piano and all most of the time. he should probably wear one when he perform. lol.
yume_no_yousei 11th-Apr-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
The shape of the ears are kinda... not cute. If they made it less pointy, a bit more rounded, then maybe.
The technology is amazing though. I don't think I've seen any mechanism that can read emotions, before.
cpt_bluepants 11th-Apr-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
lawl maybe I should read the whole post. But at Sakuracon, they were selling for $150.

Edited at 2012-04-11 07:12 pm (UTC)
mjspice 12th-Apr-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Heh! I think this time they're going for Worldwide.
mame_meme 11th-Apr-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
i dont know why but that is disturbing XDD
if someone had that on and talked to me, I would be staring at the ears loll
saiyanwizard 12th-Apr-2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Ha ha, these were really popular at Kawaii KON 2012!!!
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