Sci-fi tales like "The Matrix" and "Ready Player One" depict immersive virtual-reality settings that simulate every sensation — sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell — as if it's really happening. Like many futuristic concepts, however, this kind of technology wouldn't just be handy for hyper-realistic video games; it could actually change the lives of people with disabilities, helping them take in the world around them in ways never before possible. In April, researchers from the University of California Berkeley announced an essential first step toward this brave new world: they've created a holographic brain device that can simulate false sensations.
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Written by Ashley Hamer May 16, 2018
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