Researchers have created what they are calling an inception helmet, a breakthrough in substitutional reality. The helmet was developed to switch seamlessly between live feed and recorded footage in order to create a technology able to realistically simulate and project reality.
The researchers found that many test subjects were unable to tell the difference between the live footage and the recorded scenes, leading to a breakthrough in cognitive research and therapeutic methods.
The researchers are focusing on
psychiatric applications, but the system could also be a powerful tool to investigate how our conscious experiences are constituted in daily natural scenes.
They also want to use the substitutional reality technology to
treat post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias by repeatedly exposing patients to traumatic episodes in immersive devices. The SR system provides the conviction of being in the ‘real’ world, which is absent in current VR technologies.
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