As cool as the Sony’s remote controlled dog, the AIBO, is, I have to give it to the folks at Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. They got you beat Sony. They just invented remote controlled humans. What!?

The technology, known as galvanic vestibular stimulation, allows you to send signals through a headset to control humans. The goal? To make video games more realistic? My take? Remote controlled humans.

In a technology demo by NTT research, they were able to force people to move left and right using a joystick. People were even allowed to use the joystick to control themselves. Trippy. NTT has even done a test where they forced a person wearing their headphones to walk in a pretzel formation.

How do people describe the sensation of being remote controlled?

It’s a mesmerizing sensation similar to being drunk or melting into sleep under the influence of anesthesia. But it’s more definitive, as though an invisible hand were reaching inside your brain.

Again, the product will be meant for video games and amusement park rides. Not controlling slaves.



Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."