In another step towards the holy grail of the ultimate
virtual reality experience often referred to as Full Dive VR
. DARPA have
developed a method to connect your brain directly to the computer.
The device called a cortical modem holds the cure to sight loss
and enable "electronic telepathy and telekinesis" according to noted
futurist Peter Rothman, writing for H+ Magazine.
As outlined at the Biology is Technology conference in
Silicon Valley in February, the interface provides a direct link between the
brain and an external device or software through manipulation of the visual
Phillip Alvelda, chief of DARPA's Biological Technologies,
told the conference how the device could replace all virtual reality glasses,
such as the Oculus Rift, by bypassing the visual sensory system entirely.
The project builds on the work of Karl Deisseroth in the
field of optogenetics, according to H+ Magazine which was in attendance at the
Optogenetics involves the controlling of light-responsive
proteins within the brain through targeted light emission. The cortical modem can control specified cells within living tissue by shining light on them. Light-responsive proteins can be added to the brains of living beings, allowing scientists to turn neurons on or off. They can then study neurological activity allowing the computer to control the neurons.