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MIT Media Lab had an impressive showing of future tech at this year’s SXSW. They’re making fiction fact with several projects inspired by science fiction novels like Gibson’s Neuromancer. They call this “Science Fiction to Science Fabrication”… who doesn’t love this concept?
The first example shown in the video uses the camera from a smartphone to “see” through someone else’s eyes using an Oculus Rift. To make this true to the novel you just need to swap out the smartphone for a pair of replacement eyes. That’s still a ways off, but hey, Google Glass has a camera built into the frame which would work well with this system too.
Also highlighted in this video is an augmented reading system; a vest provides what could be summed up as haptic feedback using light, sound, temperature, pressure, and vibration. From there it’s onto a muscle stimulation rig which could be of use for controlling muscles in people suffering paralysis. The clip ends with a look at a bubble synthesizer.
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