Following their extremely popular Necomimi, Japanese company Neurowear has created “Shippo”, a brain-wave controlled tail that waves with your mood and shares your feelings on a smartphone’s map. According to the video (see below) released by Neurowear, the white fluffy tail prototype can differentiate two human mood states: It moves softly and slowly when you are relaxed, but swings at a faster rate when you are focused. Just like when your dog gets excited when greeting someone.The tail’s sensor is connected to a neural app that reads and records the user’s mood and tags it to their exact location on a map. This is a creative idea that might open doors to a new era of mood-based social sharing. It will enable you to search for locations by their mood-rates, for instance it will let you choose a nearby cafe that many people have found relaxing.
The geotagging feature also promises a new way of flirting – a concept that we like much better than strolling around like a creepy Samoyed human-dog crossbreed.
As for the tech side, once again a NeuroSky headset is used in the device, just as it was the case with the Necomimi. The tail is connected via bluetooth with the headset to read the user’s brainwave activity and to detect their emotional state. The data is then transmitted to the tail that will react according to the given input.
Both the Shippo tail and the new mood-tagging software are beta products and there is no word on their release date yet.