Necomimi Emotion Controlled Brainwave Cat Ears Headband
- *Cutting-edge technology allows you to communicate with brainwaves! *Neurons firing in the brain give off electrical impulses which are detected by the forehead sensor *The headset captures the data and interprets it, translating your mental state into cat-like reactive movements in real time" *Safe, easy to wear, and simple to use *Requires four "AAA" batteries (not included), Brand new
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*Cutting-edge technology allows you to communicate with brainwaves! *Neurons firing in the brain give off electrical impulses which are detected by the forehead sensor *The headset captures the data and interprets it, translating your mental state into cat-like reactive movements in real time" *Safe, easy to wear, and simple to use *Requires four "AAA" batteries (not included), Brand new
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I'm not saying that you WILL have the same experience, but do know that there is a chance. After some googling, I discovered that I'm not the only one with this problem.
So if you're not well-off and plan to save up money especially for this, do know that the possibility of them breaking without you doing much exists and maybe reconsider your purchase and wait a couple of years for neurowear to release an updated version to spare yourself sour feelings. And if you do buy them, be VERY careful with them and make sure to read the little leaflet with warnings BEFORE turning them on.
Besides fragility there are a couple of other things that may possibly bug you:
- The battery box doesn't have a counterweight, so they tend to shift to the left side of your head a little. Not a lot, just a little.
- It's made for small heads, so it may not fit you well if you are a tall person or just have a large head.
- If you don't want the headset to be very noticable, you'll need to have thick, voluminous hair and bangs, though even if you have all that, there's not much that can be done to conceal the battery box.
- Taking them outdoors is okay only if you live in a room-temperature area without excessive humidity.
Lastly, know that it isn't some kind of a miraculous future device and it won't read your emotions with bulletproof accuracy. It's a fun toy and you should treat it as such, else you will be disappointed.
If your necomimi do break, though, don't be shy and make sure to contact neurowear about it. Their customer service is very supportive and if possible they will send you a replacement in a timely fashion.
They are adorable, and they work as advertised. The ears are interchangeable and customizable, and you can buy additional ear sets from various sellers off the internet if you don't want to make your own. (I have white cat, black cat, and fox ears. Expect to spend on average about $20 per new ear set if you don't make your own).
The headband part of the Necomimi unit is really small. I am a smaller adult who wears child sized hats and I can barely fit these on my head, so people with larger heads won't be able to wear these without discomfort. Also, the black headband will clearly show up on anyone who doesn't have black or dark brown hair. Bald men, short haired people, people with light hair color, the headband and battery pack will stick out like a sore thumb. (A big improvement would be for the headband parts to come in different, lighter colors so they would blend more easily into the user's hair.). You can't wear earrings while using this either, because the ear clip sensor will not be able to fit over them. The forehead sensor is attached to a bendable bar that takes a bit of adjusting to get it comfortably touch your forehead. The unit is also a bit heavy, so the weight gives some people headaches. When the ears move you will hear a little bit of noise from the motors in the unit.
They are extremely delicate. You can't take them outside and expose them to excessive heat (like the hot summer sun) or get them wet. If you wear thick rimmed eyeglasses you will not be able to wear the headband comfortably (if you can even get both on at the same time). Even though the unit has an additional strap to secure it to the back of the head, you still have to worry about them falling off during excessive movement--so no, you can't do martial arts, wear these on a roller coaster, etc. without them falling off. Also, you have to be careful not to clip the ears (like when going through a doorway, sitting down in a car) or they might get knocked off your head. For these reasons, I WOULD NOT recommend Necomimi units for children--they are just way too easy to damaged and are expensive to replace.
Necomimi units EAT BATTERIES. You will need to have a battery recharger around with a couple sets of batteries. The battery life on these varies (due to each individual user--people with high brain activity will have these things moving constantly, other people...err...not so much) but a good estimate is expect about 4 to 5 hours of use out of a set of batteries. So great for a party, but if you plan on wearing these all day (like at a con, work, etc) bring extra sets of batteries because you WILL need them. Also, bring an extra coin, because you will need to use it to unscrew the battery compartment to change the batteries. And REMOVE THE BATTERIES when you store the unit away...the power button is on the outside of the battery pack and is easy to bump while storing it, which means your ears will twitch and wiggle all by themselves in a box, draining the the batteries away.
These things are a huge attention getter. Be ready to answer alot of questions about them, and be prepared to deal with stupid people who have no sense of personal boundaries or space, and think that it is okay to grab, pet, and manhandle your twitching kitty ears. And they are way more fun if you go out with a group of people wearing them, because you can't watch your own ears twitch when you are wearing them, but you can see your friends' ears wiggling.
I finally made the decision to buy these babies and ever since I do not regret it. Although they do come with their flaws. It's a toy after all. I'll start off saying that the packaging came from the actual company, scared that it would be a counterfeit product.
They are extremely delicate and require extra care, if you want them to last you awhile. Meaning, DONT leave the motors running for four hours a day for a week straight. The motors will kick out on you. As cute as they are and fun to wear you shouldnt over use them. Always remove the batteries when storing them back in the back in the box, keep in room like temps.
These ears should run for atleast an hour or so then shut off to conserve motors. NEVER MAN HANDLE THE MOTORS. Manhandling them will cause them to break too. And if you're going to wear them into the car make sure the ears are off, so bumping and such wont damage the actual motors.
I've read that people had theirs for less than a week and their one ear is burned out. I've took this into constant consideration by taking much care of them and they still work perfectly.
The headband does run small, causing some pain after awhile. I had mine on(with batteries off) for six hours on Halloween and the top headband does push down causing some headaches, including the sides with the battery pack push into your temples causing some more pain. The best you could do is take them off for about a half hour or so then re-apply.
I'm not saying you should follow what I said, but take it into consideration if you want them to last awhile. Longer than most.
Shortly after that, one ear failed (about 4 days of use, motor stopped working). I figured this was the perfect opportunity to see how well their RMA process worked. The customer service was quick, personable, and effective. I had to pay shipping, which seemed fair for an uncommon issue... but this seems to be a frequent problem. I shipped out the ears, and shortly after I received a replacement; all things were in good order.
5 Days after receiving the second pair the same ear failed. This time the motor failed slowly, but the end result was the same. Because of this we will not be stocking the ears nor will we promote the product as we do not was association with a defective product line. I am currently attempting to receive a refund, and I will report on Amazon how that process goes. We were both very upset at this situation because the ears are a lot of fun, and I think the idea behind them is amazing/brilliant. It just seems that Nicomimi went with an inferior manufacturer and their product is suffering for it.
Sounds like some people are having good experiences with the ears; so I may have just been unlucky, but there have been other reviews with the same problem. We were careful (especially with the second set) not to manually move the ears or abuse them in any way.