Inception helmet. Now, before you bother telling me it’s impossible…

Get this: researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have created a helmet that manipulates reality through cheap, commercially available electronic components – a video camera, a computer and a head-mounted visual display. Nicknamed the “Inception helmet”, but officially called the “Substitutional Reality system”, it’s made to study cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric patients and investigate how our conscious experiences are constituted in daily life. Researchers have already begun testing with a group of participants in a controlled experiment. Say hello to the superfuture: we’re living in it. So, do you want to take a leap of faith? You can check out the system in the performance art video below. Just remember to come back to reality.

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