Tailly: a heart-rate-controlled costume tail, on Indiegogo

Elix sez, "Tailly is the invention of Shota Ishiwatari, the Japanese maker/inventor that designed and built the prototypes for the emotion-displaying Necomimi cat ears by NeuroSky. He's invented a tail that monitors your heart rate and reacts accordingly: A slow, lazy swish when you're relaxed, a brisk wag when you're excited, and so on. The goal is to deliver the goods (if successful) in September. It's down to the last three days, and it's struggling. It's only raised about 30% of its goal, and it could use some happy mutant help. The actual cost for the initial production run is $100,000, but Ishiwatari has negotiated a deal with a trading company to get them to kick in half if he can crowdfund the other half. This is a Kickstarter-style fixed funding campaign, so if he doesn't make the goal, he gets nothing at all."

Tailly is not just a toy, nor is it a fashion accessory or a gadget. It is those three items combined, and, since it reacts to the heart beat rate, an extension of the users’ body. Tailly is fun to wear to parties, while out with friends or playing with kids. You could even wear Tailly on a date and express your true feelings through the wagging tail. Even better, your partner could also wear one for the both of you to add a level of subconscious communication between the two of you.

Tailly: The tail that wags when you get excited (Thanks, Elix!)



  1. Thanks for posting this, Cory!

    I’m hoping that this takes off, but it’s not looking good. Kickstarters tend to have a bathtub curve of engagement, but I’m worried that this is way too sharp a climb to make it, since it’s going to have to explode in popularity in a day or less. But that’s why I wanted to bring it to BB, because the only way this could be more fitting for happy mutants is if it somehow integrated unicorns and/or bananas.

      1. Except if you actually RTFA you’ll see this:

        Fixed Funding Campaign

        [contribution button]

        This campaign will only receive funds if at least $50,000 is raised by Thu 07 Mar 11:59PM PT.

        So, no. No, he won’t. He’ll get fuck-all if he doesn’t reach the full total. It’s not like I wrote this detail into the original submission text, which Cory faithfully reproduced above, or anything.

        1. Oh crap, my apologies. I wasn’t aware that they had this option. Thanks for the clarification.

          1. It was confusing to me the first time that I saw an Indiegogo campaign with fixed funding, too. I was like, “wait, they can do it that way, too?”

    1. Our political masters. They should be forced to wear them. If nothing else it would generate a lot of money for the company behind the kickstarter as politicians would wears these things out in no time due to their none-stop lying.

  2. You could even wear Tailly on a date and express your true feelings through the wagging tail.

    Yes yes! Do that! Pleeeeeeease do that!!!

  3. Yeah but is the wag to be interpreted as a dog’s (“Yay!! Hi!!! :D”) or a cat’s (“make another sudden move and I’ll shred your face”)?

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