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Jacket Lets You Feel the Movies

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the hands-of-doctor-manhattan dept.

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sp3cialk79 writes "Researchers from Philips Electronics plan to describe a jacket they have lined with vibration motors to study the effects of touch on a movie viewer's emotional response to what the characters are experiencing. 'People don't realize how sensitive we are to touch, although it is the first sense that fetuses develop in the womb,' says Paul Lemmens, a Philips senior scientist who will be presenting research done using the jacket at the IEEE-sponsored 2009 World Haptics Conference in Salt Lake City. The jacket contains 64 independently controlled actuators distributed across the arms and torso. The actuators are arrayed in 16 groups of four and linked along a serial bus; each group shares a microprocessor. The actuators draw so little current that the jacket could operate for an hour on its two AA batteries even if the system was continuously driving 20 of the motors simultaneously."

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I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256065)

Cause I just envisioned someone wearing this jacket in a seedy "adult" theater.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (5, Funny)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256171)

This is just the field marketable prototype. The money-maker won't be the jacket - It will be the boxer-briefs.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256685)

First mental image is from The Kentucky Fried Movie, where the attendant is rubbing and touching the movie watcher.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (2, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256719)

Did anyone else of you read the title as "Jacking lets you feel the movies"?

I instantly thought of porn at that moment...

Ok, I always instantly thing of porn...

With everything... ;)

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256735)

Also... it mages me mix up the k and g sometimes...

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257807)

Ok, I always instantly thing of porn...

With everything... ;)

Oh hey Hurricane78, fancy seeing you here! Your mom called earlier - told me she packed your lunchbox last night but forgot to give it to you, and it's still in the kitchen if you want to go pick it up. Oh, she also said you'll have to go in the back door as the front has jammed shut.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256913)

That wouldn't be so bad if the attendant was an attractive individual of the appropriate gender – and probably also didn't dump beverages on you.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27258943)

YES!

By the way, that skit is titled "Feel-a-rama".

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (2, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256315)

Cause I just envisioned someone wearing this jacket in a seedy "adult" theater.

Every new technology will first be used to find new and interesting ways of getting ourselves off. We really haven't changed all that much since we started walking upright, have we? ;)

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256445)

What does walking upright [wikipedia.org] have to do with it?!

-Peter

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (3, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257841)

What does walking upright [wikipedia.org] have to do with it?!

Well, it frees up our hands for "other" purposes ;)

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (2, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256407)

Don't worry, in any adult theater, there's a strict "jacket off" policy.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256461)

Rimshot! [instantrimshot.com]

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256545)

Heck with a "seedy" theater. a regular theater and I'm going ....EEEEEEEEEW!!!

Have you seen how disgusting your fellow humans are? when your feet stick to the floor in a theater and you find booger encrusted seats.. No thanks, I'm not putting on any jacket that some gross sweaty stinkbomb wore last...

There is a reason they always keep the lights low in theaters.. so you dont get gross and puke all over the place from what's all over your seat.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27258615)

"Have you seen how disgusting your fellow humans are? when your feet stick to the floor in a theater and you find booger encrusted seats.. No thanks, I'm not putting on any jacket that some gross sweaty stinkbomb wore last..."

Interesting...my first thoughts were not that it would be something the theater provided, but, something YOU as the individual would purchase, and bring with you. That way you could use it at the movies and at home for your home theater.

The pr0n possibilities really go up if this is the case....for home 'usage'.

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256903)

WHile some may feel inclined or predisposed to wearing this "jack"et in such (or suck) movies to feel emmembered, i'd be disinclined from wearing one involving dangerous stunt action films or horror flicks involving dismemeberment... Or, even in a sinking submarine film or a violent cockpit ejection scene... COuld give verti-go! a whole (hole) new mean(ing)... imagine hundreds of moviegoers stuck to the ceiling...

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

Siggy200 (721326) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257701)

Cause I just envisioned someone wearing this jacket in a seedy "adult" theater.

Seedy "adult" theaters are disappearing, blame the internet!

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#27259725)

I wouldn't want to wear that jacket to a Die Hard movie!

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27259741)

porn jack-it!

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27260263)

Seedy? Jacket?

Imagination of a petunia.

> "Researchers from Philips Electronics plan to describe a jacket
> they have lined with vibration motors to study the effects of
> touch on a movie viewer's emotional response to what the characters are experiencing.

I claim a patent on pants lined with vibration motors!

Re:I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263239)

My first thought was that someone would probably try to watch Lolita with this jacket.

kill bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256073)

This would be great for those really claustrophobic scenes, like the burial scene in Kill Bill. Or when Hanibal Lecter is tied up in his straightjacket.

I'll go ahead and say what you're all thinking (1)

poity (465672) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256087)

Where's the penis attachment?

Re:I'll go ahead and say what you're all thinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256117)

It's in the matching pants.

Actually - no... I was thinking... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256311)

...can you also sit and lean back while wearing that jacket or do you have to stand still with your hands to the sides like in the TFA?
Or will that break the actuators.

Re:Actually - no... I was thinking... (1)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257561)

Actually, I was thinking the summary was talking about the DVD case/jacket for them to determine how we react to the images/title/etc.

Google "teldildonics" (2, Informative)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257329)

The porn industry is often the first technology adopter. They were doing ecommerce on the web when most businesses were afraid to take CC numbers.

Say what now? (1)

Onaga (1369777) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256111)

Are those your actuators acting up or are you just happy to see me?

Haptics are fun, I hear. (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256113)

Haptic Compass [exothermia.net]

(The form factor's pretty terrible, though. Need to get one of those LilyPad Arduinos or something, and tiiny motors, and make it unnoticeable to the passerby...)

As important? (3, Interesting)

imajinarie (1057148) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256131)

What ever happened to focusing on the sense of smell for more intimate immersion? I could see that being difficult at the movie theater, especially when watching movies about Orc's and Hobbits, but still - scent was supposed to be the next big thing!

Re:As important? (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256233)

They got it working and then realized they really shouldn't have.

That, or like most of us they realized that smells are formed by discrete chemicals which would need to be kept in supply and would require the theater to be "hosed down" often to ensure that "slightly sulfer" smell from the Dante's Peak remake isn't still lingering around when the romantic comedy I Want to Cook Your Eggs plays.

Re:As important? (3, Funny)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#27258683)

Unlike with the rumblesuit, smell-o-vision would be an absolutely horrible idea for porn.

Re:As important? (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257275)

Ah, brings back memories of Count Floyd and Dr. Tongue's, 3-D House of Slave Chics in SMELL-A-RAMA

Old hat (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256135)

Anyone else remember Sensurround [wikipedia.org] ? I remember seeing what I remember as a "Battlestar Galactica" movie in Sensurround, but I wasn't moved by the experience.

Re:Old hat (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 5 years ago | (#27258755)

I saw "Midway" (I thought I remembered it being "Tora Tora Tora", but according to the Wikipedia article, I guess it must have been "Midway") in Sensurround, and vaguely recall being impressed by the movie, but I don't remember the Sensurround aspect specifically - must not have made that much of an impression on my 10-year-old self.

Send it back (1)

Yiddishkite (525633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256143)

>>the jacket could operate for an hour on its two AA batteries

Don't movies last more than one hour?

Re:Send it back (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256223)

Read it again. That'sif all motors ran the whole time, which would never happen.

Re:Send it back (4, Funny)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256801)

...which would never happen.

...until Michael Bay releases Shaky Cam 2: The Explosioning, just to prove you wrong.

I think you're grossly underestimating popular cinema's appetite for overstimulation.

Re:Send it back (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256985)

But I never saw Shaky Cam 1. How will I know what's going on?

Re:Send it back (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257303)

Its a Michael Bay film it really doesn't matter

Re:Send it back (4, Insightful)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256257)

Yeah but that's alright, the first movies that implement it will do it the same cheap way they did the 3d in Superman Returns. The jacket will only work for three one minute scenes in the entire movie.

Caution Required. (4, Funny)

senorpoco (1396603) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256145)

Do not wear during during Die Hard.

Re:Caution Required. (4, Funny)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256613)

Or Brokeback mountain.

Re:Caution Required. (2, Funny)

Mr. Firewall (578517) | more than 5 years ago | (#27258349)

"OOooo, gettin' frisky are we?"

-- Fat Bastard, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Re:Caution Required. (1)

Povno (1460131) | more than 5 years ago | (#27258013)

Or Fight Club.

PeeWee Herman (5, Funny)

AmigaHeretic (991368) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256149)

This jacket sounds expensive, but the pants are half off!

From which person's point of view? (1)

Viking Coder (102287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256155)

Part of the fun of movies is that sometimes you switch which person you're relating to most. This kind of device would kind of have to make a choice for you...

But I do think action movies might be serious fun. It's more like one of those 3D Disney Theater experiences...

I would not want to see Rocky with one of these, though. Ug. Ow. Ooof.

Re:From which person's point of view? (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256481)

Why not the cammera's. Just because you 'feel' for a character doesn't mean you want to 'feel' them. It'd be enough to enjoy the rush of standing '2 feet' from the action while they took the hits.

Novel uses (5, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256161)

The single best use of this device would be to constrict and asphyxiate anyone in the cinema who insists on talking or fidgeting or generally disrupting others during the film. I would be especially in favour of its use on disruptive children, of all ages.

Re:Novel uses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27257359)

MOD PARENT UP! Best use of this jacket EVER!

Re:Novel uses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27257645)

The single best use of this device would be to constrict and asphyxiate anyone in the cinema who insists on talking or fidgeting or generally disrupting others during the film. I would be especially in favour of its use on disruptive children, of all ages.

I'd buy that for a Dollar!!!

Re:Novel uses (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27260979)

The single best use of this device would be to constrict and asphyxiate anyone in the cinema who insists on talking or fidgeting or generally disrupting others during the film. I would be especially in favour of its use on disruptive children, of all ages.

Force choke!!!

Re:Novel uses (1)

JBHarris (890771) | more than 5 years ago | (#27261337)

I respectfully disagree. Children should be tolerated in theaters as they must learn proper social skills. They can't be kept at home all the time in the fear that they'll disturb other people...they'd never develop socially.

Please be patient with parents that are attempting to enjoy a good time with their families.

While some parents deserve to be shot for ignoring the child screaming or talking or otherwise causing an extended raucous, some parents are doing what needs to be done (i.e. completely ignoring certain behavior if the purpose of said behavior is for attention).

I certainly understand your point, but would encourage you to be patient with children and parents. If you consider your enjoyment of a movie more important than helping a given child's social development....well maybe you were kept at home too much as a child. :-)

Brad

Re:Novel uses (1)

Ashriel (1457949) | more than 5 years ago | (#27261861)

I've no problem with parents that bring their children out with them. I do have a problem with parents who have uncontrollable children to begin with.

It's not an issue of learning social skills; it's an issue with overly permissive parents who are mortally afraid that they'll somehow warp their precious child if the use even the slightest bit of corporal punishment at home. If junior knows that he'll get smacked for disobeying in public, maybe he'd be a little quieter.

For what it's worth, I think it's a shame that parents are too self-conscious these days to smack their kids for misbehaving in public. And I think it's abominable that this is for some reason discouraged by so many. Corporal punishment works, especially on the young.

All I can say is when I see a frustrated mother smack her kid upside the head for being a nuisance, I applaud - literally.

Re:Novel uses (1)

JBHarris (890771) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263151)

I completely agree.

Parents have become, in general, glorified caregivers and society has attempted to remove discipline for intolerable actions and replace it with encouragement to do better. This is the beginning of people that don't understand work-place discipline (written up, fired, etc..), and sue their employer for discrimination or other trumped up charges. Or they think the corrections system should give all criminals shrinks instead of hard-time.

My original argument still stands, however. Some parents are just trying to enjoy a movie with their young family, and instead of making a scene in the theatre by smacking the child (right or wrong it will make a scene) they'd rather just let smaller things slide, just that once. Keep in mind I said some parents. Other parents just don't care. And those are the same ones that talk to people on the cell phone during the movie. And like Shepard Book said, there is a special place in hell for those people.

Re:Novel uses (2, Interesting)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263033)

Please be patient with parents that are attempting to enjoy a good time with their families.

...and the horse you rode in on sir. And the horse you rode in on.

Children should never, ever, be taken anywhere where they are expected to act like an adult. They're not going to learn social skills in the cinema, or in a church service, or on an airplane with a captive audience. They'll learn them in a playground, or in a school, or somewhere where they are not expected to act like they're 30+ years of age.

Does this mean that parents can't go out and have good time at the cinema, or on holidays, or in a pub without leaving their children at home? YOU BET YOUR INCONSIDERATE REAR END IT DOES!!! I'm sorry, but once you have children, your salad days are over. No more late night drinking sessions, or movie trips or just about any other adult activity without calling a babysitter. Period.

Do not ever subject other people who are trying to enjoy themselves to your wailing offspring. People work hard for their time off, and deserve not to have it ruined because you were too cheap to pay for childminders and/or because you are a 30 year old with two kids who will not accept that they can't live like they're 20 anymore!

Shut those kids up!!!

Re:Novel uses (1)

JBHarris (890771) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263337)

not that it matters too much, but I'm 24, no kids.

I can't really understand the hard-line distinction between "adult" activities and "child" activities. I understand the examples you gave (Bar vs playground, etc..) but the theatre is more or less an in-between place. It isn't just for adults or just for kids. Does a 4 yr old need to be in the 4 hour opening night for "Dances with Wolves"? Hell no. But can a parent take their child to see Wall-E (or whatever it was) in the movies on opening night, which just happens to be the same movie that you wanted to take your girlfriend (or wife) who loves Disney movies (my wife loves them)? What about Fantastic 4, or another movie that appeals to younger and older audiences alike (Star Wars comes to mind also).

Respectfully, I think the graduation between child & adult is much smoother than you describe, and often in society these two "worlds" will overlap. I'm only asking that people not get up in arms when they see a child that is misbehaving (or what you consider misbehaving), and parents seemingly not doing anything about it.

Brad

Feel-a-vision? (1)

Blorgo (19032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256165)

It was either "Kentucky Fried Movie" or "Amazon Women on the Moon" that had a funny skit called Feel-a-vision. An usher performed the 'feeling' part for the patron - the first movie was a detective mystery; the second was announced as Deep Throat (at which point the movie patron ran away at great speed). Someone who remembers it better should chime in with the details - the motto of the decade seems to be "Everything old is new again, this time with computers!"

Re:Feel-a-vision? (1)

tigerwoods (158447) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256659)

not feel-a-vision, feel-a-round. And it was the Kentucky Fried Movie... :-)

Re:Feel-a-vision? (1)

asicsolutions (1481269) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257691)

The smile on the ushers face was priceless when they announced the next feature as "Deep Throat". Under-rated movie...

Re:Feel-a-vision? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27260887)

"Feel-a-round" at the Realto Feel-o-rama or some such from KFM.

Insert obvious teledildonics comment here. (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256209)

Or porn jokes. "Lawnmower Man" references. Etc.

Old Idea (2, Interesting)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256211)

Reminds me of the 'Feelies' in Huxley's 'Brave New World'. It will probably end up being mainly used in the same fashion. (i.e. for porn)

Re:Old Idea (2, Interesting)

foobsr (693224) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256815)

Reminds me of the 'Feelies' in Huxley's 'Brave New World'.

You beat me to it. Besides (porn etc.), this will add up to humanity loosing a or the sense reality, or, from a different perspective, the subset of 'reality' (still) shared among most will be further diminished.

CC.

Obligatory Kentucky Fried Movie Reference (2, Informative)

Almonday (564768) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256261)

In this economy, won't someone think of the Feel-Around [youtube.com] theater employees?

Re:Obligatory Kentucky Fried Movie Reference (1)

BlueBoxSW.com (745855) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256589)

Just watched it again the other night. Amazing how funny (and oddly dead-on) it is after all these years.

Re:Obligatory Kentucky Fried Movie Reference (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256865)

Damn, you beat me to it! You are a poster of extraordinary magnitude. You have our gratitude.

Today's Word of the Day Is... (1)

S77IM (1371931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256413)

Teledildonics [wikipedia.org]

Touching people over IP (1)

TheSync (5291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256419)

Touching people [t11s.com] over IP....

Michael Bay (1)

bickle (101226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256429)

By whatever you hold Holy, please keep this technology away from Michael Bay. And while you're at it, hide his cameras.

Re:Michael Bay (2, Funny)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257403)

Lets just hide his body

Screw that (1)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256459)

If you want to feel the movies, get a kickass sound system. Your whole ROOM will vibrate!

Games? (5, Interesting)

Quothz (683368) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256463)

A similar jacket may make an interesting game feedback device.

The thump of a bullet hitting your back in a shooter would be nifty directional feedback. A tap on the shoulder in the dark of a horror game could be startling. The grip on your arm of a frightened refugee you're escorting through a combat zone, an opponent trying to tickle you in a fighting game as a distraction. And of course the same feedback scenarios mentioned in TFA, just in games rather than movies.

Of course, the cost would probably relegate such a thing to a niche market, but it'd be fun component t'play around with in a game's design.

Re:Games? (5, Funny)

jlf278 (1022347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257505)

"The thump of a bullet hitting your back in a shooter would be nifty directional feedback"

Yeah, that's like the first thing they teach you in the Army. Always turn your back to the enemy. If a hostile is dumb enough to shoot you, you can easily extrapolate their location from the force and angle of penetration.

Re:Games? (1)

Quothz (683368) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257899)

Yeah, that's like the first thing they teach you in the Army. Always turn your back to the enemy. If a hostile is dumb enough to shoot you, you can easily extrapolate their location from the force and angle of penetration.

Yeah, I remember that drill, always right after rocket-jump exercises and just before first aid.

Re:Games? (1)

synthmob (1067848) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257843)

Also think of its possible use in military training for combat exercises...

Re:Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27258149)

"an opponent trying to tickle you in a fighting game as a distraction"

When did they come out with a Greco-Roman wrestling / foreplay game?

Re:Games? (1)

Carlosos (1342945) | more than 5 years ago | (#27261835)

You mean like the TN products that are on the market since about a year?
http://tngames.com/products [tngames.com]

This year they will release the helmet where you can fell the head shots.

Stickiness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256527)

Will it come with soda spilled on it already or..?

People don't? (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256579)

People^WLonely scientists don't realize how sensitive we are to touch

FTFY.

(OT) Fetuses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27256609)

Some people here would rather call them "fetii", I guess...

Anonymous because it's offtopic, but couldn't resist.

Re:(OT) Fetuses... (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257241)

nazi grammar fail [wiktionary.org]

However some would rightly say it foetuses.

Re:(OT) Fetuses... (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257263)

grammar nazi, not nazi grammar, crap..

Shades of the Disaster movies (1)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256851)

fromt the 70s... What a coincidence we had a horrible economy when Earthquake (with Sensurround) came out!

Which one? (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 5 years ago | (#27256887)

Make sure you don't ask for the wrong jacket [imdb.com] . Results may vary.

don't think I need a jacket... (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257301)

don't think I need a jacket to feel the movies....shoot....my feet (technically my shoes) already feel the stick floors, my back and butt feel the crappy seats, my ears feel the pain of idiots who don't shut the hell up when the movie starts, my eyes feel the pain when watching endless amounts of advertising....all starts with my wallet feeling lighter.

besides, I'm sure there are some movies, u don't want to feel....(the new street fighter movie comes to mind)

Gloves (1)

PietjeJantje (917584) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257405)

Would buy gloves that would turn my iPhone into a Model M.

Touch is not the first sense to develop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27257419)

The "touch is the first sense to develop" crowd believes that the sucking a fetus does at 8 weeks is "pleasurable" - but there isn't enough brain matter to register a "sense of pleasure".

Until the brain can distinguish it, there is no "sense" even if all the hardware to transmit signals to the brain is there.

Re:Touch is not the first sense to develop (1)

mosb1000 (710161) | more than 5 years ago | (#27259749)

How do you know? Emotions drive actions, and it is understood that babies find it pleasurable. How do you explain such behavior if it is not driven by an emotional response?

Excruciating death. (1)

majhimujhuko (1504495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257539)

As long as it doesn't crush me like Luke in the garbage compacter, I'll be good.

Touch Sensitive (1)

usman_ismail (1394927) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257605)

"People don't realize how sensitive we are to touch..."

I think most people realize that we are very sensitive to touch

I have plenty (1)

e-Flex (1219042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27257911)

I have plenty of touch when I view movies.

Boobs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27258181)

Finally, I can feel boobs without getting slapped!!

I'll wait (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27259687)

for the cod piece.

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peater (1422239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27260221)

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Boxing movies would be a hit (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#27260559)

Raging Bull or Rocky would be cool.

Augmented Reality (1)

end15 (607595) | more than 5 years ago | (#27262423)

This seems to be a perfect technology for augmented reality applications. One of the problems of interacting with avatars in a augmented reality space is that you can't have any actual physical contact, only audio & visual. This could provide that next layer of interaction that could make the experience something unique. Yeah I know many are thinking of finding significant others (or AI significant others) for something like this. However even beyond that this type of technology is exactly what the AR industry needs. If I'm having a meeting with someone on the other side of the globe a glove version of this could allow for a simple hand shake. That might not seem that important but as human animals we rely a great deal on physical interactions. Being an IT person that spends a great deal of time sitting in front of a screen it seems paramount that someday we detach ourselves from the current computer interaction model (keyboard, mouse, screen). I'm very curious to see the results of the study. Nice work, hope to see it in use!

Obvious jokes go here to keep the thread sane (1)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 5 years ago | (#27262689)

I'll start:

Make me actuate, make me actuate!

This is an awesome invention (1)

definate (876684) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263275)

Seriously this is quite possibly the best idea ever, I can't wait to start watching movies, and being able to feel them.

I can't wait to watch:
Irreversible [imdb.com]
Quills [imdb.com]
The Hurt Locker [imdb.com]
A Clockwork Orange [imdb.com] ... and similar.

Will the jacket have a rape function built in?

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