Sony has patented brain stimulating technology bringing the stuff of sci-fi movies one step closer to reality.
According to a report published in New Scientist magazine the latest Sony patent to be approved essentially triggers what has been described as “sensory experiences” through “…a device that fires pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain…[with results] ranging from moving images to tastes and sounds. This could give blind or deaf people the chance to see or hear.”
Basically, the device would allow you to experience tastes and sounds a la Matrix style, but more importantly could give blind or deaf people the chance to see or hear, the patent claims.
According to the article independent experts are not dismissing the idea out of hand. "I looked at it and found it plausible," says Niels Birbaumer, a pioneering neuroscientist at the University of Tübingen in Germany who has created devices that let people control devices via brain waves.
Elizabeth Boukis, spokeswoman for Sony Electronics, says the work is speculative. "There were not any experiments done," she says. "This particular patent was a prophetic invention. It was based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us.