Mimi Ear Switch

by Mark R

Have you ever wanted to change tracks on your iPod, but didn’t want to push a button? It appears that the Mimi ear switch can do just that.

Imagine being able to hit pause by sticking your tongue out, “like in the famous Einstein picture”. If you want to skip to the next track, just widen your eyes. Want to hear your favorite track again? Just wink your right eye.

Of course, why stop with just the controls on our iPod? Why not make it so you can walk into a room and turn on the lights with just a twitch of the mouth?

That is exactly what the inventors of the Mimi Ear Switch want to do: make it so we never use our hands again. If you are going to use some sort of control system like this, let us not make it so it is controlled by everyday actions.

I mean, what if you were listening to your iPod, and you hear some shocking news? Your eyes would widen, and then your iPod track would advance forward. Better wink your right eye to get it to go back. This could be really maddening after a while.

So, it appears that technology has once again made our life hands-free once again. I believe that this is some sort of concept for now, but I’ve seen stranger things become reality. I think I would prefer vocal controls over facial gestures, though.


One review or comment

Steve Day Says: March 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Okay, so whoever wears this in public might be mistaken for having a seizure. hmmm, not that practical really, but of course it’s made in japan!

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