The Japanese are known for coming up with some very peculiar inventions. This one however, takes the cake.
Shippo (Japanese for tail) is a “brain wave monitor and social media hookup ensconced in a furry white tail. Wearers of the tail are able to update their social networks with their mood and location simply by thinking”
The tail works by using an electroencephalography (EEG) apparatus, the same technology used to detect seizures. Through this, Shippo is able to determine whether a user is focused or relaxed. Users who are focused elicit a tail that wags quickly, while relaxed users’ tails wag slowly.
This information is than transmitted into a status update on the users social networking platforms.
The concept video shows how truly strange the product is. But do you really want to wear a tail on your backside that wags when you’re excited for all of the world to see? Apparently the Japanese do. There’s no telling whether or not this will take off in other parts of the world.
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