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Published on October 23rd, 2012 | by Kira


Necomi­mi: Tak­ing Cat Ears To A New Lev­el

I am the kind of girl who wears cat ears wher­ev­er I go. Even some of my out­er­wear comes com­plete with ears, in­clud­ing a fa­vorite hat that is in­sep­a­ra­ble from me once win­ter comes. Thus, any­time there is a new prod­uct that comes with ears, my… well, I perk up.

So, when the ru­mors of the Necomi­mi Brain­wave Con­trolled Cat Ears start­ed, many friends who knew about my quirky fash­ion sense let me know about them. With my back­ground in neu­ro­science, these seemed like a pret­ty per­fect fit. To say the least, when I found out that Neu­roSky was send­ing us a pair of these re­cent­ly-re­leased adorable gad­gets, I was ex­cit­ed to try them out. In fact, pret­ty much the en­tire staff of Tru­lyNet got a chance to take turns wear­ing them when we vis­it­ed Mak­er Faire.

As ad­ver­tised, they look com­plete­ly pre­cious, and seem to be some­what re­spon­sive to one’s emo­tions. They have four main emo­tions: alert (ears up), re­laxed (ears down), re­laxed but some­what en­gaged (one ear up, one ear down), and ex­cit­ed (ears wig­gling). This works pret­ty sim­i­lar­ly to the Myn­d­play I re­viewed a few months ago. The EEG is not a per­fect de­tec­tor of your ac­tu­al emo­tion or what you are think­ing. It seems to re­spond more to how much you are think­ing. We al­so found that af­ter a lit­tle while of wear­ing them, they would tend to go a bit crazy, wig­gling like they had a mind of their own, a bit nois­i­ly.

The rea­son why many peo­ple (and, frankly, most­ly wom­en) are so ex­cit­ed is be­cause they are ab­so­lute­ly adorable. Big fluffy ears that move! How can you go wrong? The ears are re­mov­able, which is great be­cause you can switch them out for oth­er col­ored ears (with more op­tions on the way). The white ears are very cute, but the black ones suit me much bet­ter.

While the ears are su­per delectable the rest of the head­piece is a bit much. There is a huge bat­tery pack (the Necomimis re­quire four AA bat­ter­ies, not in­clud­ed) that you can­not hide eas­i­ly and that is a bit awk­ward. Just like with the Myn­d­play, there is a sen­sor that has to rest on the skin of your fore­head and an­oth­er that is clipped to your ear. These are per­fect­ly fine to have while you are are sit­ting at home play­ing games, but out and about, the head piece is a bit heavy and even un­com­fort­able. All the ex­tra parts are im­pos­si­ble to hide if you have short hair or blond hair. I am lucky enough to have a small head so these fit fair­ly well, but I could see some­one with a larg­er head hav­ing is­sues. I found my­self not want­ing to wear the ears for a pro­longed pe­ri­od of time, as they tend­ed to cause mild headaches.

Over­all, the Necomi­mi Brain­wave Con­trolled Cat Ears are a great idea. They’re cute, fun, and def­i­nite­ly grab at­ten­tion, but I am con­fi­dent that in time they’ll im­prove a bit, with a bet­ter head­piece, more com­fort­able and in­con­spic­u­ous. Know­ing how much mon­ey peo­ple put in­to their fash­ion at com­ic or ani­me con­ven­tions, $100 seems very rea­son­able for an ac­ces­so­ry, es­pe­cial­ly one that is re­spon­sive­ly robot­ic.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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