I saw the Necomimi the other night on one of the World’s Dumbest show variants. I have to admit, I was intrigued. For those that don’t know, though a consumer version has yet to be released and price has yet to be determined, these are mechanical cat ears that somehow monitor the wearer’s brain waves to adjust based on their emotions. Happy? The ears go up. Sad? The ears go down.
Now, of course this is totally a toy invention. I blame Manga for things like this. Still, it could be quite popular. And, such a thing could end up causing interesting changes in modern culture.
For example, poker. A certain amount of the game of poker is bluffing. However, what if people used the Necomimi to make a variant of poker where it was harder to bluff? After all, the ears would give you away. People would have the additional challenge of trying to control their brain waves as well as their faces. It would certainly be interesting.
Of course, cute feminine cat ears might not go over so well in the average poker game. They might have to come out with more manly versions (not that women don’t play poker). Perhaps pit bull ears. Or moose antlers.
Also, what if parents started forcing their children to wear the Necomimi when interrogating them about where they were going that evening (and/or where they had been)? Perhaps these could be used as a cheap lie detector, though I’m sure a few things would need to be figured out since they correlate to brain waves hopefully caused by emotions as opposed to truth/falsity. Just imagine a tense Law and Order interrogation scene where the murderer is forced to wear cute mechanical cat ears.
Anyway, it’s too early to predict all this anyway. Maybe a commercial version will never be released. Maybe it won’t catch on. However, if the Necomimi does end up becoming common, I think it could have an interesting impact on society. I’m just enjoying a little speculation about that.