A gentle jolt of electricity could nudge your muscles into learning a new skill or add an extra dimension to virtual reality
A bit less virtual, a bit more reality (Image: Pedro Lopes)
MY OPPONENT bobs and weaves in front of me, fists cocked, ready to attack. Gingerly, I settle into my own stance and prepare to fight. He closes in straight away and throws a few jabs, testing my guard. My forearm jerks back as his fist connects. Feeling my arm physically move is strange, because this boxing match is happening in virtual reality.
I’m experiencing this mash-up of real and virtual in the Hasso Plattner Institute, southwest of Berlin, Germany. This lab, run by, is where the future of our interaction with computers is playing out. I felt the virtual punch because my arm is wired to an electrical circuit that fires in sync with the virtual world. The electricity stimulates the muscle into involuntary contraction, simulating the force of a landing punch.
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