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H. Humbert
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  10:52:52  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
I thought this was pretty wild.
quote:
Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car.

A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head _ either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved.

I found the experience unnerving and exhausting: I sought to step straight ahead but kept careening from side to side. Those alternating currents literally threw me off.

The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced mistakenly that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

The phenomenon is painless but dramatic. Your feet start to move before you know it. I could even remote-control myself by taking the switch into my own hands.


"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." --Demosthenes

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." --Richard P. Feynman

"Face facts with dignity." --found inside a fortune cookie

Valiant Dancer
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USA
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  11:16:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Valiant Dancer's Homepage Send Valiant Dancer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by H. Humbert

I thought this was pretty wild.
quote:
Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car.

A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head _ either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved.

I found the experience unnerving and exhausting: I sought to step straight ahead but kept careening from side to side. Those alternating currents literally threw me off.

The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced mistakenly that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

The phenomenon is painless but dramatic. Your feet start to move before you know it. I could even remote-control myself by taking the switch into my own hands.





There just seems to be something wrong about allowing yourself to be the slightest bit controlled by external ELECTRIC SHOCKS TO THE HEAD.

Be a remote controled toy for your kids. Turn left, Daddy. <ZOT>


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Siberia
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Brazil
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  11:38:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
Oh ya, saw it on Brazilian news. Ye beat me to it, Papa.
And yeah... I had the same feeling, VD. What the hell where those people thinking when they invented it?

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markie
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Canada
356 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  12:42:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send markie a Private Message
That is cool. I've experienced something which may be indirectly related. About 20 years ago at a fair in London (Canada) there was a large domed tent over a cement floor. An imax-type film was projected on the ceiling, and about 50 or so people stood there on the floor, looking up at the film of a roller coaster ride from a rider's perspective. I was falling around all over the place, literally 'feeling' the centrifugal force of the coaster pulling this way and that and my body trying to adjust automatically. All that from some excitement in the visual cortex. Amazing! Haven't seen such a 'ride' since, but would surely do it again.
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Dr. Mabuse
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Sweden
9672 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  13:48:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
Remote for silencing crying babies...
Every father's and babysitter's dream: Nothing annoying to distract you from your hobbies.

Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
Dr. Mabuse whisper.mp3

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GeeMack
SFN Regular

USA
1093 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  14:43:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Valiant Dancer...

There just seems to be something wrong about allowing yourself to be the slightest bit controlled by external ELECTRIC SHOCKS TO THE HEAD.
And some people, of their own volition, take shocks to the head from watching FOX News [sic], then blindly turn to the right at the polling place and vote Republican. Oh, sorry, for a minute I thought this was the Politics category.
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H. Humbert
SFN Die Hard

USA
4574 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  20:01:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Valiant Dancer
There just seems to be something wrong about allowing yourself to be the slightest bit controlled by external ELECTRIC SHOCKS TO THE HEAD.

Eh, can't be any worse for you than a few beers.

I'd actually really like to try it because I want to see how hard it would be to resist the impulse to move. I mean, even if your body was telling you that you had to move left to stay balanced, if you knew that information was wrong, could you control yourself and stay in one spot? Or would you just throw up and fall over? Inquiring minds want to know.


"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." --Demosthenes

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." --Richard P. Feynman

"Face facts with dignity." --found inside a fortune cookie
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furshur
SFN Regular

USA
1536 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  21:42:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send furshur a Private Message
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I had the same feeling, VD.


tee hee

If I knew then what I know now then I would know more now than I know.
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