The Next Big Japanese Thing? Cat Tails Powered By Your Brain

In Japan, catgirls have been popular for a long, long time. They've inspired endless video game, anime, and manga characters as well hairstyles and even a set of cat ears ("neko mimi" in Japanese) called "Necomini" that can read your brain waves.

The folks behind that product, a Japanese company called Neurowear, are at it again. This time, they've got something, which will hopefully wag your tail. Literally.

It's called "Shippo", which means, "tail" in Japanese. This mechanical tail reads your brain waves and wags according to your mood.

According to Neurowear, your mood is read by an app, which also tags your location and shared via Facebook or Twitter. This enables you and your friends to search for places those fellow Shippo wearers have found relaxing.

To use Shippo, wearers must also use the brain wave reader, along with a heart rate monitor that can be clipped to the user's ear lobe.

Around the turn of the century, a tail fad hit Japan for a brief moment, and fox tails were popular. Japanese popstar Ayumi Hamasaki often wore faux fox tails, clipped on the side of her jeans, in music videos, concerts, and photo shoots. Madonna did the same thing for a while, too, and I'm not sure who started doing it first.

Even now, there are still fake fox tails sold in Japan as fashion accessories or to be clipped on things like the iPad. However, I believe this is Japan's first mechanical cat tail that reads your brain waves!

Shippo was unveiled at this year's Tokyo Game Show in its prototype form. No word on its release date or pricing.


    The video only went up on the 20th but I could have sworn I saw this last year or so.

    Also this is another article where it all ended up on the front page, what is even the deal with that?

      You might be thinking of the brain controlled cat ears from a few months ago.

    Also Gizmodo + i09 had this story earlier today, yet a different authors name is on each one simply because they rearranged information? Seems weird to me.

    On girls = cute
    On guys = creepy as hell

      Hahaha agreed.

      Guy's already have a tail that wags when they're happy.

        I lol'd

    Seriously, this world is screwed in the head.

    Beaten by 24 years.
    (In non-thought reading robotic tail fashion anyway!)

    this has existed for a while but the other end of the tail used to have to go into well...

    "The Next Big Japanese Thing?"

    No, not it's not.

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