This Motion Simulator Looks Way Too Creepy, Uses Voltage to Throw Your Balance

Motion simulators take your gaming experience to another level, making you feel like you’re actually driving a car or flying a plane. The problem with them though is they’re way too pricey for the average gamer. This hacker came up with one that costs less than $50, but we’re not sure you’re going to want to try it, because it uses small voltages applied to your brain. 
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Mean Gene Hacks uploaded a YouTube video showing us his new racing motion simulator that uses Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) and cost him under $50 in hardware equipment. It doesn’t need any motors or expensive components and allows him to feel the movements, jumps, and crashes of the car in a video game.

GVS is the process of stimulating the vestibular system, which is responsible for our sense of balance and space orientation. In order to stimulate it, you use electrodes that send electric impulses to a nerve behind the ear. You basically apply small voltages that can trick your brain into thinking that the body is in a different position than it really is. Depending on the voltage applied, the person feels they’re tilting to the right or left.

According to Mean Gene Hacks, it is not a painful procedure, but it does feel strange and can get you dizzy in some instances. Your feet will start to move before you even realize it.  As it can be dangerous to put current through your head or body, it is not something you should try to replicate.

The hacker used the BeamNG Drive game from Steam and connected it to a GVS device that he calls a “mind control” device. The hardware is a battery-powered circuit and controlled through a mobile app, both created by him.

The circuit gets attached to him using some Amazon-purchased electrodes that get attached to the back of his ears, near the vestibular nerve. The app transforms him into a puppet that moves as dictated by the software. The code and schematics for his mind control device are shared on his GitHub page.

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