Sony’s “Brain Stimulation” Patent

By on April 25, 2013 // Inventions & Tech // 1 Comment

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Imagine if we could throw away the controllers of old and instead plug ourselves into a game console. We’d experience the sights, smells, and other sensations of a virtual world as though they were actually real.

Granted, I’m not sure I’d personally want to experience half of what goes on in certain video games, but in 2005 Sony patented such a theoretical technology in hopes that it will one day be possible. The tech wouldn’t just be for gaming, of course.

“The technique suggested in the patent is entirely non-invasive. It describes a device that fires pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain, creating “sensory experiences” ranging from moving images to tastes and sounds. This could give blind or deaf people the chance to see or hear, the patent claims.”

Sony patent takes first step towards real-life Matrix, NewScientist

That’s far off, no doubt about it, and it’s already been 8 years; we’ve made little progress on the virtual reality front, aside from systems like the Oculus Rift.


And even that’s a far cry from Matrix-like entertainment and true virtual worlds. And there are patents for everything (including teleportation!), so you never know where this stuff is going to go, if anywhere.

But, honestly, it’s only a matter of time…

I just wonder what would happen if you ran into a glitch in the system. What would that feel like?

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Rob Schwarz is a freelance writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and modding Skyrim.

  • David Labay

    So NO ONE thinks this will be used to control the mass population? Did I miss something here? Read up on this from the medical side and you will discover that they are already able to narrow the beam to the size of an M&M and triggering exactly what they want in test subjects. No RED FLAGS here? Wow….we are truly asleep.