Eye Candy by Eye Candy Can

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Eye Candy Can have created a conceptual lollipop-shaped device that transmits images to the brain via the tongue.

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"Resonators positioned on the surface of an Eye Candy transmit information from the tongue to the brain at the frequency that the eyes usually send visual information to the brain," explains Eyal of Eye Candy Can.

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The technology is based on research by the late neuroscientist Paul Bach-y-Rita and is being developed by Wicab.

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Eye Candy is based on the same technology employed in the Mind Chair by Peter Marigold and Beta Tank.

Here's an explanation from the designers:

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Each of your senses (touch, smell, sight, taste, hearing) sends information to the brain at a different frequency. The brain determines where the sensorial information it receives comes from by the frequency at which it resonates; it can then process it in the appropriate way (e.g. turn sight information from the eyes into pictures in the mind).

An array of resonators positioned on the surface of an Eye Candy transmit information from the tongue to the brain at the frequency that the eyes usually send visual information to the brain. A pleasant sensation of soda bubbles can be felt on the tongue as the mind decodes this sensorial information as vivid pictures.

Wired Science movie about this technology here.

This process is called sensory substitution and can be used to supplement peoples senses, enabling them to see the evocative images contained within Eye Candy.

  • RELAX. Tranquil fish swimming through the streams of your consiousness will help you to unwind.
  • SOCIALISE. The shooting stars will encourage sociability.
  • ASSERT. A big thumbs is guaranteed to reassure and motivate you.
  • MEDITATE. The the slowly shrinking circle helps you to meditate.
  • OVERCOME. Images of spiders will enable you to overcome your fears.
  • FOCUS. Direction giving arrows help to improve focus and attention.

USE ONLY IN SINGLE DOSES. NEVER MIX EYE CANDY.

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Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 6:34 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Marcelo

    hahaha , this can be a nice sex toy!!!

  • Zenza

    these guys are high on drugs :)

  • mama

    People reduced to six modes? Nice one guys. Lucky it’s conceptual – it means no one knows if it will actually work. It’s only a pretty pretty model right now. Another question – will it be hygienic? Mama says stop wasting your time and do something that will help the hungry masses.

  • emm

    THE question:
    DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK???????

  • NT

    I wonder how does that image tastes like . . .

  • http://www.procreate.co.nz sam

    Im concerned about the usability of this.
    You will have to stick your face right by the usb input on your computer.

  • G

    SHORT CIRCUIT for shure! Just imagine the confusion when the image transmitted by the tongue overlaps the one received thru the eyes…didn’t think of that huh? keep up the good work boys…

  • T

    its confusing finding stuff like this on the internet. i do believe that stuff like electronic drugs/stimulants will be around in the future but are we there yet?

    i'd love to know does it actually work, how safe it is, and how much it is.

    does anyone know any other [creditable] sites or sources with info on this?

    • guy

      It doesn't work, has no relevance to safety (because it doesn't work) and is probably not for sale, except perhaps as exhibition material for a design museum. Your confusion is perfectly understandable because this 'potential' technology has been presented and packaged as a fully realised consumer product – a presentation that any reasonable person would not even consider until its supposed technological function actually worked. To wit: conceptual designers are not reasonable persons.