Tailly the wearable tail is probably one of the weirdest fashion gadgets you’ll see in a while.
Tailly is a wearable belt “which uses sensors on the inside of the belt to measure the user’s heart rate. Normally the tail hangs down, but when the user gets excited and their heart rate increases, the tail starts wagging, and when they calm down and their heart rate decreases, the tail swings slowly.”
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, wearable devices that measure brainwaves and other biological features are starting to become popular. The InterAxon Muse allows users to control their tablets and smartphones with just their minds. But such devices can also have applications in the fashion scene.
The creator of Tailly, Shota Ishiwatari, has development experience with neurowear like the already available Necomimi, a set of brainwave controlled cat ears (and now devil horns). He seems to believe the world of automated appendages should not stop at the head. After working with Neurowear and NeuroSky, he has struck out on his own to create the Tailly.
The Tailly project is advertising itself through Indiegogo, which is a crowd funding website similar to Kickstarter except that it’s usually easier to get a project funded on a smaller scale. The Tailly project has a fundraising goal of $50,000, which would allow the Tailly project to deliver their Taillys to supporters in September 13. The manufacturing cost of their initial lot of Taillys is actually $100,000, but they have negotiated with a trading company to contribute the other half of the project cost if the fundraising goal is met.
While I’m sure Tailly might become a niche success in the USA if sold at a retail outlet like Hot Topic, I’m not sure well it’ll do otherwise. The furries will of course be buying one to compliment their full body animal costumes.
What do you think about the wearable tail belt gadget called Tailly?
— Laughing Owl Krin (@Krin_o_o_) January 30, 2013