Inventions & Tech

Strange Patents: Sony’s “Brain Stimulation” Technology

Imagine if we could throw away the controllers of old and instead plug ourselves into a video 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 then again I also wouldn’t mind taking a stroll through Valenwood now and then.

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 Ars Technica, the tech would enable “sensory experiences” by firing “pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain.” In this way, the experience would be “non-invasive,” not requiring you to “jack in” like the folks in The Matrix. And yet it 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, I like to think it’s only a matter of time…

I just wonder what would happen if you ran into a glitch in the system. What fun and exciting “sensory experience” would that entail?


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.


  1. 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.

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

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