Sony’s “Brain Stimulation” Patent

Posted by on April 25, 2013

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.

According to New Scientist, it would enable “sensory experiences” by firing “pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain.” This would allow the device to trigger various senses, including taste and sound, and even allow the deaf to hear again.

Image: Oculus Rift

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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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
  • 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.

  • William R. Cousert

    It’s been eleven years since Sony made this announcement. How close are they to releasing a product?