Fluffy Cat Ears - The Latest Fashion Accessory From Japan

By Kavi Dolasia on November 13, 2011

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The Japanese are always coming up with cool fashion ideas. First there was the LED teeth, then an air-conditioned jacket and now, this really awesome headband that can read your brainwaves. While it might sound sort of creepy and weird, it actually is quite brilliant.

The Necomimi, (a combination of the Japanese words for cat and ear) is a cool headband that is fitted with two furry cat ears that respond to what is going on in your mind. If you are seriously concentrating on your school work or any other activity, the ears will be upright. Relax a little and down they go, all droopy. The best part is, you can make them swirl up and down actively, if you take turns concentrating and relaxing.

While it may sound magical, the headbands are just fitted with battery-powered brainwaves sensors - A technology that has been used for many years in the medical field. Also, though they are currently being made just for fun, with some additional tweaking the Necomimi could become a useful tool in helping to decipher the feelings of people with mental disabilities or those, who cannot speak.

if you are planning on getting yourself a pair, be warned that these cat ears do not come cheap and will set you back at least a few hundred dollars. Also, try not to wear them at school and help your teacher figure out the exact moment you dozed off in that social studies class!

Resources: BBC.co.uk, odditycentral.com, globalpost.com

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  • diva12
    diva12Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm
    They mispronounced it in the video. It's neh- koh- mee-mee. Neko means cat, mimi means ears. There are several stories in anime and manga where humans have animal (esp cat) ears and/or tails. These would be really awesome for cosplaying stuff like that.
    • parker818332
      parker818332Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm
      I like anime
    • japanese personFriday, February 21, 2014 at 8:38 am
      • nioniojo
        nioniojoSunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
        same here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • thekatartist
        thekatartistWednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm
        i need those NOW, I really miss japan alot
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm
          Same!!! I miss Japan(I'm not Japanese though) a lot, especially the food(udon and sushi) and the adorable accessories!
        • headream100
          headream100Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm
          THEY'RE SO FLUFFY!
          • thekatartist
            thekatartistWednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm
          • pinkimena
            pinkimenaTuesday, November 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm
            i heard of it and it is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • hellomynameis
              hellomynameisWednesday, November 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm
              so cool but i'm japanese and i'm going to japan for summer so... I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • sasukashi
                sasukashiWednesday, November 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm
                Kitties, I love kitties. So... ... I want a pair!!
                • headream100
                  headream100Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:58 am
                  I need those!! Like, totally NEED those!!!!!
                  • shock12
                    shock12Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm
                    i want these
                    • Hip hopSunday, April 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm
                      Awesome!That is so cool!



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