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The technique could one day be used to create videogames in which you can smell, taste, and touch, or to help people who are blind or deaf.
The U.S. patent, granted to Sony researcher Thomas Dawson, describes a technique for aiming ultrasonic pulses at specific areas of the brain to induce "sensory experiences" such as smells, sounds and images.
This is not a far cry from the plot of Strange Days, which centres around a technology called SQUID (another useless abbreviation which I don't remember what it means), where the wearer of a headset is able to relive experiences recorded by themselves or another person. You may be curious as to what it's like to go bungee jumping, to have risk-free sex in ways you couldn't in real life, or just to know what it's like under another person's skin. But everything has a bad use, and when people are able to replay memories of robbing a bank, committing a murder, committing a rape, or being killed, you can see where problems may arise.
Originally posted by Xar Ke Zeth
Hmm... I wonder if your brain would be able to tell the difference between realities.
I hope so, otherwise I'll avoid games which require underwater treks like the plague. Wouldn't want to stop breathing, thinking if you inhale you'll get waterlogged...