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Some high-tech gadgets that may forever change the way you listen to music were displayed at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - When you have a trade show at an event like South by Southwest that's part music, part movies and part technology, you get lots of new products trying to serve two or sometimes all three of those crowds.

An example is BlinkFX. You go to a live concert, put on a wristband, and then you become part of the lighting design of the show.

"The wireless technology is simple infrared light," says Joel Carter of BlinkFX. "Just like your TV remote can turn on and off your TV and change the channels, we're able to turn on and off these wristbands in an infinite number of colors that a lighting designer can pre-program.

Speakerfy is an app that can crowd source sound in kind of the same way. Mobile devices are linked through the app via a Wi-Fi network, and then all of those devices play the same audio, which means you can be in a group and all be listening to the same playlist. But that's just the beginning.

"Video is one of the things that we're implementing soon," says Austin Wright of Speakerfy. "What you do is, you have a laptop, you put a smartphone on the left, a tablet on the right, and you have surround sound out while you're camping."

Speakerfy is also working on a microphone version of the app so that you could be at an ad hoc gathering, like a protest, for example, and as, say, the leader speaks into his or her phone to address the crowd, every phone in the crowd becomes a speaker, amplifying the message.

Finally, there is Mico, out of Japan. It's a headset that reads your brai waves, and then, based on those brainwaves, decides for you what music you should be listening to

"We analyze brainwave status with four parameters, including emotion or mood, and we match music, which has the same parameters, and play the music," says Yasu Tsuchuya of Neurowear.

As to why you might want it, creators say that at the very least, it helps with discovery. You can go out and find new music that fits your taste, even if that music is tucked away in a genre or by an artist you wouldn't normally check out.

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