Compiling the perfect song playlist has a well-known reputation for being a transcending, yet agonizing, form of art. But what if we could could delete the agony of finding the perfect song and tap into the ecstasy of having it chosen for us?
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That's where Mico headphones enter the picture. Developed by Neurowear, the headphones feature a protruding electroencephalograph (EEG) sensor that scans brain patterns to match a person's mood with an appropriate song.
When plugged in to a smart device running Mico's app, the headphones detect the wearer's state of mind and select a "neuro-tagged," mood-fitting song from Neurowear's database. The sides of the ear pieces illuminate when music plays and even show symbols - such as Zzz - if the user is sleepy, stressed or focused.
While the headphones are definitely an intriguing concept, they do seem to ignore the possibility that a person might not want to listen to a song that reflects their mood. If you're steeping in depression, no use piling on more sad-bastard music...that is, unless Steve Carrel is at the helm.
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Currently, the bulky white headphones are still in the prototype phase, having debuted at SXSW, but Mico's inventor was optimistic they'll be on the market in "the near future."