Sony okays mind control project

But new peripheral some way off

In a move that may or may not have anything to do with the potentially disastrous Dualshock court ruling, Sony has been granted a patent to examine the potential of beaming sensory information straight into the brain. The US patent was granted to Sony researcher Thomas Dawson and covers a technology which could one day send sounds, sights, smells and tastes directly into people's grey matter. Ultrasonic pulses are aimed at specific areas of the brain which induces the sensory feelings. "The pulsed ultrasonic signal alters the neural timing in the cortex," the patent states. "No invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live and/or recorded images or hear sounds."

Apparently the technology has been deemed 'plausible' by those who have the faintest idea how it may actually work. Sony has yet to conduct any experiments and the patent was requested in case this line of development could one day become viable. The possibilities for the deaf or blind are obvious, as is the potential for fantastically immersive a rich gameplay experiences.

Just don't expect it to be a launch peripheral for the PS3.

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