We've had a good time with the Necomimi Cat Ears in the past--we used them to monitor our interest in the last iPhone event--but the Good Times project is a use for them we never expected.
The Necomimi Cat Ears, upon which the Good Times project is based, use electroencephalography to monitor brainwave activity. The Cat Ears are a pretty simple cause-and-effect toy: with high levels of brain activity, the ears perk up. With low activity, they droop down. They're fun, but we couldn't see much real practical use for them.
Good Times uses essentially a pair of the Necomimis without the ears attached, and uses the brainwave monitoring to trigger a specific response when people try to call you. When your brainwave activity is very high, the device assumes you're mentally very engaged, working hard on something, and thus do not want to be disturbed. If anyone tries to call during that time, he or she will get your voicemail, which the headset has activated via Bluetooth. Once your brainwave activity has lessened, people will be able to get through again.
I saw the Good Times demonstrated at an AT&T event this morning, and it worked quite well. I'm normally skeptical of EEG, having had experiences with it where it just doesn't work, but Good Times seems to work perfectly. It does, however, look completely ridiculous. That's not really a problem, considering this is more of a fun experiment than a product that's designed to be sold on the retail market. But it's fun!
Good Times was created at an AT&T hackathon, out of a modified Necomimi set. It's the product of one man, Italian native Ruggero Scorcioni, who took first place (and a $30,000 prize) for Good Times.
Thats a nice way to end a relationship. "Hell, my brain is to occupied to care or even give you respect so I won't answer, good bye sucker."
Well good luck being forever alone.
So in my calm moments of tranquility, this things knows and then allows to disrupt my karma by allowing incoming phone calls, oye!
If you need technology to tell you when your brain is too busy to take a phone call, you are in pretty bad shape to begin with.
Honestly, are their people out there who are so out of touch with themselves that they don't know when to let a call go to voice mail? Seriously?
If it can turn off a phone or re-route incoming calls to voicemail, it could also be used to squelch a radio or entertainment system while operating a vehicle if it detects brain overload. I can see many uses for this gadget.