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Could be the future of gaming as well as other useful applications

University of Barcelona researchers have developed a system where virtual characters can mimic actions carried out by the human unconscious

This new system measures human physiological parameters like heart rate, respiration, and galvanic skin response through the use of wireless devices and sensors. Then this information is processed with a software program, and is ultimately used to control the behavior of computer-designed characters. 

"The ultimate aim is to develop a method which allows humans to unconsciously relate with some parts of the virtual environment more intensely than with others, and that they are encouraged only by their own physiological responses to the virtual reality shown," said Christoph Groenegress, researcher at the University of Barcelona and co-author of the study.

Certain human physiological parameters direct certain movements and behaviors in the virtual characters. For instance, respiration causes the character's chest to rise and fall, heart rate causes movement in the character's feet and galvanic skin response causes more or less of a red color on the face.

This system of recording unconscious processes can be used to help participants become interested in carrying out certain tasks, such as patients having to undergo rehabilitation. Also, this system can be used to tell stories in settings like video games. 

"We maintain that the linking of subjective corporal states to a virtual reality can improve the sensation of realism that a person has of this reality and, eventually, create a stronger link between humans and this virtual reality," said Groenegress. 

This study, titled "The physiological mirror - a system for unconscious control of a virtual environment through physiological activity," was published in The Visual Computer.

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Well we all know where this leads
By VultureTX on 9/3/2010 9:39:41 AM , Rating: 5
And it totally validates those guys in China making 3-D Porn Movies. Because 80% of any healthy young male's subconscious responses are sex related.

Virtual submersion and the next thing you know you wake up in a Love hotel in Japan with sensors strapped to your body and a virtual love+ fiance.

/Turning Japanese I really think so!

By inperfectdarkness on 9/3/2010 9:47:58 AM , Rating: 2
precisely. hook me up to one of these, and my "alter ego" will be a satyr(iasis).

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By AnnihilatorX on 9/3/2010 10:32:03 AM , Rating: 2
Who need women when we have 3D virtual reality sex!

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By TSS on 9/3/2010 11:04:28 AM , Rating: 3
Shamefully i admit as soon as i read your reply i pondered over the merits of having a virtual woman rather then a real one, and the first thought that came to my mind was "well, atleast we can shut the virtual ones off" :x

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By FITCamaro on 9/3/2010 12:03:23 PM , Rating: 2
Because polygons don't compare to tits, @ss, and a vagina.

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By Thelookingglass on 9/3/2010 1:10:07 PM , Rating: 3
The Matrix Bro. Let's see, Adriana Lima + Marissa Miller + 40s pin-up girl + woman built to your perfect specifications, then send the EXACT physiological stimulations into the nervous system...

There'd be no difference. Only you can't get the computer prego.

But there's a lot of weird sh!t that comes along with that. It'll get there. But what's the use? Everyone will just be jacked in all day everyday to get literally, virtually jacked off.

By Smartless on 9/3/2010 2:18:13 PM , Rating: 3
So wait, you know like how Neo woke up with blood in his mouth?... Does that mean you'll wake up and uhh.. wet your pants?

By Ammohunt on 9/3/2010 3:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
The Matrix Bro. Let's see, Adriana Lima + Marissa Miller + 40s pin-up girl + woman built to your perfect specifications, then send the EXACT physiological stimulations into the nervous system...

Premature ejaculation?

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By JonnyDough on 9/3/2010 4:53:51 PM , Rating: 2
On the plus side, the rich will have virtual lovers while the poor and uneducated are still making babies. The movie "Idiocracy" will become a reality during my lifetime and I will have a good chuckle before happily dying because I don't have to live in a society full of even more morons.

RE: Well we all know where this leads
By sleepeeg3 on 9/3/2010 7:17:57 PM , Rating: 3
...and the birth rate of the USA mysteriously crashes.

By FITCamaro on 9/3/2010 11:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
For people who are actually paying for their children. Those who live off the government and view kids as another government subsidy haven't stopped having kids. Illegals coming here certainly haven't.

By fteoath64 on 9/3/2010 9:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
"physiological parameters like heart rate, respiration, and galvanic skin response through the use of wireless devices".
These parameters are not about the real subconscious, just the effects of the body under conditions they measures.

There is no "instrument" to measure the real subconscious, except for another human mind diving into the same subconscious realm of the first human. Only Bernard Poolman of SA has done extensive work in this area. Lookup his videos in Youtube. It will freak many out!. Like the man said in the movie "you can't handle the truth!".
One has to learn RV first and then get heavy from there ...

RE: Fail!
By PaterPelligrino on 9/4/2010 2:43:28 AM , Rating: 2

A lot of fuzzy thinking in this article. Physiological processes are not part of what is commonly known as the unconscious (noun), tho such processes are unconscious (adj) in the sense that they are not usually controlled by the conscious mind. Your heartbeat rises because you're about to get shot in the head, there's nothing unconscious about that. The unconscious, on the other hand, is a Freudian term that refers to a whole set of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, conditioned responses, etc. that exist outside the awareness of the conscious mind, such as irrational phobias or unacknowledged desires. If these virtual characters really were controlled by the unconscious mind, then you'd find somebody murdering his father or hiding under a table whenever some feared object appeared.

By muhahaaha on 9/3/2010 1:45:26 PM , Rating: 1
sorry, but this article makes no sense at all.

My first thought was that my dreams are going to be somehow used to control "The Sims" or something (especially from the selected picture).

Yet Another Dumb DailyTech Article (YADDA)

RE: sorry...
By LoweredExpectations on 9/4/2010 2:51:49 AM , Rating: 3
When I first read that title - Human Unconscious Used to Direct Virtual Characters - I thought the article was going to be about some of the guys who post to this forum.

Unconscious humans?
By nct on 9/3/2010 11:00:16 AM , Rating: 3
So I guess I punch my little brother in the face, then connect his limp body to wireless devices and sensors to enrich my gaming experience? I would actually pay quite a bit for this technology :P

This is me
By aguilpa1 on 9/3/2010 12:59:54 PM , Rating: 2
Play game - sim and attach psycho devices to dog, see what happens.

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