London Student Creates Machine that Controls a Real Person in virtual Reality

London Student Creates Machine that Controls a Real Person in virtual Reality

A London student has developed a machine which allows the wearer to “slide into somebody else’s personality” seeing from their point of view via virtual reality goggles and forcing their limbs to follow the controller’s movement.

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Yifei Chai started the Pretender Project as part of his studies at Imperial College London using three common technologies. One person dubbed the “controller,” wears an immersive virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift. A Microsoft Kinect device is used to track the controller’s motion and this data is translated into electric shocks of between 40 and 80 volts to 34 different muscles to force the person to mimic that movement: when the controller brings his or her hands closer to their eyes, the person being controlled is forced to do the same, and an image of that view is projected to the controller’s eyes.

In this way the system attempts to create a realistic “body swap”.