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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion 88

Posted by timothy
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kkleiner writes Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Microsoft Kinect, a camera, and a handful of electrical stimulators, a London student's virtual reality system is showing users what it's like to swap bodies. Looking down, they see someone else's arms and legs; looking out, it's someone else's point of view; and when they move their limbs, the body they see does the same (those electrical stimulators mildly shock muscles to force a friend to mirror the user's movements). It's an imperfect system, but a fascinating example of the power of virtual reality. What else might we use VR systems for? Perhaps they'll prove useful in training or therapeutic situations? Or what about with robots, which would be easier to inhabit and control than another human? The virtual body swap may never fully catch on, but generally, virtual reality will likely prove useful for more than just gaming and entertainment.
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30, 2014 @07:21PM (#47571159)

    They were using the Oculus rift to look down at genitals of swapped bodies when it first came out fools.

    http://gizmodo.com/oculus-rift-lets-you-see-what-it-would-be-like-to-swap-1505973834

  • by sootman (158191) on Wednesday July 30, 2014 @10:59PM (#47572059) Homepage Journal

    You want to go skiing without leaving your den, you can. But I'm assuming a guy like you, you wanna go skiing you fly to Aspen. That's not what you're interested in here. It's about the stuff you can't have... right? The forbidden fruit... see that guy, with the drop-dead Philipino girlfriend? Wouldn't you like to be that guy for twenty minutes? The right twenty minutes? ... You want to be a girl... see what that feels like? ... It's all doable.

    - Lenny, Strange Days [imdb.com]

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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