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NSFW: Virtual Reality Machine Allows Users To Swap Their Genders
By Louise Jane Cher, 21 Dec 2015
‘Gender Swap’ is an experiment using The Machine To Be Another, allowing two users of different genders to briefly exchange their bodies through virtual reality.
The premise is simple—both users wear a first-person camera which records live feed of themselves, as well Oculus Rift headset that feeds the recording from their partner’s camera. By switching their point of views, it creates the illusion of having their genders swapped.
Also, both users have to continually agree on the same gestures to perform, resulting in a video feed that perfectly syncs with their own actions.
The project was created by BeAnotherLab with MIT to explore gender identity, intimacy and mutual respect. While it is definitely foreign for participants to see themselves in the body of another, the project hopes to help people better understand themselves based on their empathy for others.
The lab is currently looking to use the system for research on treatment, rehabilitation and body perception.
Click play on the video below to see the machine in action.
[via The Creators Project, The Machine To Be Another, images via video screenshot]
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