Mind-powered animal ears

Gillian BenAry says:

This is without a doubt the next best thing to actually being a colorful furry animal (for those who’d be interested in that sort of thing). I got chatting with the guy who was wearing these fuzzy orange fox ears, which move in accordance with your emotional state (triggered by alpha and beta brainwaves). Turned out that Nick Hoffman, the guy under the ears, was also the guy behind the ears: his company EMOKI created these anthropomorphic accessories. He was really excited to tell me all about them and show off the range of emotion they can convey. For example, they perk up when you see somebody cute, they droop down when you feel relaxed, and they wiggle when you get excited.
MAKE: Mind-powered Animal Ears


  1. ?…where’s the bit where the unnecessarily gesticulative hand-model places the fiendish device on her lovely head and waggles those ears by thinking deep sensual thoughts??  whatta-gyp! i demand my money back.

    1. You won’t see that video, because everyone who’s already seen these in person in a convention vendor room knows that they don’t actually work as well as that advertising copy (er, I mean post above) says they do. They just sort of randomly do stuff based on how much you tense up or relax…and in between they twitch a lot because I guess it would take an awful lot of computer complexity and wattage to keep them smoothly transitioning between modes.

      1.  This is because you can’t actually read someone’s emotions the way this pretends too – just relaxed/non-relaxed, I believe.

  2. As people on the MAKE site have pointed out, somebody else already makes these. I saw the Necomimi ears at an anime convention recently… unfortunately, much like the video here, nobody actually bothered to wear a display model to show them in action. I’m intrigued by the idea, but I get the feeling they may not be as expressive as people claim.

    1.  I would think a set of ears with a manual control in the palm would be more useful for cosplay as you could match the movement to what activity you’re doing, rather than what you’re thinking

  3. Eventually these will become obligatory office wear so that your boss can see that you’re literally bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

  4. If any of you read the kickstarter, and watch the video you’ll see the relationship to necomimi and neurosky, the people who manufacture the headset. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emoki/emoki-animal-ears-you-control-with-your-mind

  5. These have been around for years now. I’ve been hearing these are next big thing for about 3-4 years at least. 

      1. A typical case, whom we shall refer to as Mr A, although his real name is this:
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  6. Wouldn’t it make more biological sense (and be easier to build and program) ears that respond to sudden, directional changes in the ambient noise level? I don’t want ears that broadcast my brainwaves, I want ears that alert everyone to the loud douchebag approaching me from behind and to the left.

    1. I’d take that idea in an E.T. direction, with a pair of stalk-mounted eyes which could turn and stare at the offending oaf.  I’d pay extra if it included moving eyebrows.

    1.  I’m just getting used to robots that look a bit odd because they’re too human, but these kids are racing at the valley from the other side. That’s weirdly pleasing and disturbing at the same time. The question is becoming who crosses the valley first?

  7. For example, they perk up when you see somebody cute, they droop down when you feel relaxed

    Do we not already have enough social taboos against exposing body parts that do that?

  8. I tried them. On me, they calibrate for a few seconds and then stop dead. Kind of like anthropomorphic mood rings. 

  9. The fact that the vids spend lots of footage on everything BUT the ears in real operation tells me everything I need to know, I think.

  10. the most obvious benefit to these is that let everyone around you know that you are BATS*IT CRAZY and that they are better off not talking to you

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