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'Mind-Reading' Cat Ears Are All The Rage at Casa Del Mar

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August 14, 2012 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We usually flock to hotel lobbies to admire their artwork, slurp down specialty cocktails and entertain ourselves with some people-watching (tourist or local? trophy wife or escort?) but over at the Casa Del Mar this treasured ritual of ours could soon be replaced with mind-reading.

Yes, thanks to these newfangled gadgest from Necomini we can see what it's like to be in Sookie Stackhouse's shoes for once. Kind of.

The futuristic headsets called. Necomimi Brainwave Catears, are on loan to guests at the hotel's Lobby Lounge bar. Here's how they work: One sensor is placed on the user's forehead and another is clipped to their ear. And atop their head, sits a pair of giant cat ears. As the sensors monitor the user's brainwaves, the ears will move accordingly. Apparently, the ears perk up when the user is "alert" and will drop down when the user is relaxed or "in the zone."

So while you can't really tell what the user is thinking, you can tell whether they are happy or tense or relaxed and chill. Ok, we'll settle for that. Plus, we're always down to experiment with whatever wacky trend is taking off in Japan right now. Extra bonus: if you like the cat ears so much, you can take one home with you at the hotel's gift shop.

The lobby lounge at Casa Del Mar is open everyday at 10:30am until midnight during the week and until 1:30am on Friday and Saturdays. Different things happen on different nights so check the schedule before you go.

[Photo: Hotel Casa Del Mar]

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