Unitasker Wednesday: Brainwave Emotion Controlled Cat Ears

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Earlier this month, our very own Jacki Hollywood Brown traveled to Germany to attend a Star Trek convention. For fans of the franchise (counting the animated series, I think it’s six shows and 12 movies), a Star Trek convention is a good amount of fun. Like most conventions, there are speakers and workshops and an expo center featuring vendors selling anything even remotely Star Trek related.

Jacki and I had a few email exchanges while she was at the convention. I am also a Star Trek fan, preferring the Enterprise-based shows, and have gone to a convention or two in the US. After the general “I’m here and having fun” emails, our messages focused on a device she discovered for sale in the expo hall that we both have deemed a unitasker. The Brainwave Emotion Controlled Cat Ears:

As the name implies, this is a headband with fake cat ears on it and the ears move based on your emotions.

I have to be honest, I think they’re fun. However, beyond giving strangers a reason to talk to you, I’m not really sure what function they have. The whole mind reading thing is also creepy. If a headband is going to have a laser that is connected to your brain, I feel like it should do something beyond moving two little ears — like it should give you telekinetic powers or translate your thoughts into meows. Right? Plus, that giant battery pack on the left side and the laser on your forehead are certainly non-cat like and quite distracting. And, according to the Amazon reviews, they’re extremely delicate and the motors in the ears are quick to stop working (which is a bummer since the ears are $70).

Are they fun? Yes. A conversation starter? Yes. A unitasker? Definitely.

10 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Brainwave Emotion Controlled Cat Ears”

  1. posted by Alicia on

    I saw these at comic-con in San Diego last year and I thought the same thing! They were actually selling for $99 there, so they must have had to lower the price to get sales up! You can switch out the ears, so I guess if you dress up as something with ears every Halloween it could be worth it, but beyond that I don’t see the point.

  2. posted by Nana on

    Not a unitasker at all…I do not care to talk to strangers, although I look like a friendly white-haired old woman. I believe most people would avoid me, if I wore these. But I think I could get the same result with the $1.99 pet ears sold at costume shops (or bunny ears, sold everywhere before Easter), so…never mind.

  3. posted by Michelle on

    If these would allow me to communicate my emotions to a cat they might be worth it, but somehow I doubt the cat would care.

  4. posted by Pwassonne on

    Wait, is this a sponsored link?

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Pwassonne — Huh? No. It’s just our regular Unitasker Wednesday feature.

  6. posted by Carol on

    If these were a headset for gaming I’d want a pair because then it would be super cute and useful. I’m really disappointed that it’s just a headband.

  7. posted by Mark Harrison on

    > If a headband is going to have a —laser— that is connected to your brain [...] and the —laser— on your forehead [...]

    You use the word “laser” a lot – I’m not sure why?

    I’ve not got one of these (for obvious reasons), but the black dot looks like a single-node EEG sensor… nothing like a “laser”.

  8. posted by AinOakPark on

    These are not UNItaskers because they don’t actually DO anything.

    Did they have a warning label on them stating that they should not be worn while playing poker in Vegas?

    And @ Nana: I’m with you. I am not willing to pay that much money to strike up a conversation with strangers, and if I wanted that kind of attention, there are other ways of getting it.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Mark — The product description said “light-touch sensors” … I assumed it meant a laser sensor since a laser is a beam of light. The description I read didn’t mention EEG, but that would make much more sense :) I like the idea of a laser, though. Hee.

  10. posted by Gypsy packer on

    Cat will sit on your head for free, and YouTube is happy to prove it. Call me cheapskate, but for their price and technology, they should include at least one superpower: mind control for staying on the diet would close the deal.

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