Scientists in Barcelona have created a device that allows users to “swap” bodies with others in real time, using a headset that is able to trick male minds into feeling like a woman and vice versa.
The Oculus Rift headset, also known as “The Machine To Be Another” by Spanish researchers, allows users who mimic each other’s movements to feel what it is like to be inside their partner’s body, Wired magazine reported.
“Deep inside you know it’s not your body, but you feel like it is,” Philippe Bertrand, a digital arts student and co-founder of BeAnotherLab, told Wired.
His group, which includes students at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, has artists, therapists and anthropologists all excited at the potential of the “embodiment experience platform.”
“Science is proving out some very hippie concepts, and we’re using a video game head mounted display to bring people closer to each other,” Mr. Bertrand told Wired.
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