DIY Device Zaps Your Balance Nerves To Simulate Real Motion

 DIY Device Zaps Your Balance Nerves To Simulate Real Motion

Large, arcade-style motion simulators (like Sega’s R360) can physically toss you around in response to onscreen action, which can increase the immersion and also just feel cool. But these simulators are big and expensive. YouTuber Mean Gene Hacks decided to use electrodes and a driving game to create his own hacked-together motion simulator for under $50. It worked, possibly too well.

In his latest video, Mean Gene Hacks shows how he used the driving game BeamNG.drive and his homemade galvanic vestibular stimulation device to create a cheap, basic, and effective motion simulator. In fact, it seems to be so effective that he ends up falling out of his chair during an early test run.

How galvanic vestibular stimulation works is electrodes are temporarily attached near nerves in your ears that help maintain balance. When these nerves are artificially stimulated—that is, shocked with electrical current—they can screw with your…

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