Simply by slipping on a headset that gives you a 360-degree field of vision, you can now have eyes in the back of your head.
Designed by Jerome Ardouin and colleagues at the Grande Ecole d'Ingenieurs Paris-Laval in France, the system, called FlyVIZ, captures images from every direction around the wearer and transforms them into something our eyes can comprehend, according to New Scientists.
AdvertisementA prototype of the system weights 1.6 kilograms, which is a bit heavy to walk around with, and is connected to a laptop for image-processing while it runs.
It uses a video camera, mounted atop a helmet, along with specially shaped mirrors to capture the environment on all sides of the user, and then displays it in real time on a modified Sony Personal 3D Viewer headset.
Despite the strange new perspective on the world, the device does not cause any nausea, motion sickness or visual fatigue, its creators claim in a paper they presented at the Virtual Reality Software and Technology conference in Toronto, Canada, this week.