Researchers have developed a new way to explore the human brain in virtual reality. The system, called Glass Brain, which is developed by Philip Rosedale, creator of the famous game Second Life, and Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, combines brain scanning, brain recording and virtual reality to allow a user to journey through a person’s brain in real-time.Rosedale made his wife a cap studded with electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes that measure differences in electric potential in order to record brain activity, while he wore a virtual reality headset to explore her brain in 3D, as flashes of light displayed her brain activity from the EEG.
The Glass Brain didn’t actually show what Rosedale’s wife was thinking, but Gazzaley’s team ultimately hopes to get closer to decoding brain signals and displaying them using the virtual reality system.
“We have never been able to step inside the structures of the brain and see it in this way. It is biofeedback on the next level,” Gazzaley was quoted as saying.
The duo demonstrated Glass Brain at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, March 10. A projection screen showed a similar view to the audience, which you can watch below:
More about Glass Brain on its official project page: neuroscapelab.com