Oculus Rift Headset Lets Men And Women Swap Bodies - Would You Try It?

03/03/2014 15:09 | Updated 20 May 2015

The Oculus Rift headset, a piece of video technology worn over the face to enable users to see through the eyes of another person, is being used as part of an on-going research project called The Machine To Be Another aka an experiment to see if it is possible for men an women to swap bodies.

body swapSound odd? That's because it kind of is.

BeAnotherLab, a group of students at the University Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, are using to technology to let men and women swap bodies in real time. Two participants are kitted out with the headset and supplied with video streams from point-of-view cameras attached to the other person's headgear.

The pair are then instructed to mimic each other's movements in unison and apparently it feels like you've actually swapped bodies. Go figure!

"Deep inside you know it's not your body, but you feel like it is," Philippe Bertrand, a Digital Arts student and co-founder of the group told Wired. "It's a pretty interesting scenario.

"Science is proving out some very hippie concepts, and we're using a video game head mounted display to bring people closer to each other."

While we're still reserving judgement on whether we'd actually like to swap bodies with a bloke, we'd like to know what you rate! Would you even be slightly curious to take part? Tweet us at @MyDailyUK and share your thoughts.

You never know, they might make this technology a new add on to Google Glass...

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