Sony made a projector helmet to help you understand mosquitoes

Every year at SXSW in Austin, TX, Sony shows off a bunch of

experimental projects
. This year, the company introduced
its Superception Head Light system, which is basically a helmet
with a Sony MP-CL1 projector sticking out the front and
attached Sony MDR-XB950 headphones on the side. Someone at Sony
just strapped a bunch of devices together and attached a HTC
Vive tracker to the back so that wearers can move around the
room while the projection follows their movements.

Sony says the device is supposed to demonstrate how technology
can affect human perception through our various senses. This
demo attempts to teach wearers about how animals use their
senses to get around the world — like how mosquitos use smell
to find blood. The headphones played buzzing sounds while the
projector attempted to show what the world would look like to a
mosquito, with its smell alerts occasionally going off. It
didn’t make much sense. Another demo showed the world through
the eyes of a butterfly as the projector broadcasted a
colorful, abstract mosaic onto the walls. I didn’t understand
what I was supposed to take away from the experience, though I
imagine it would have been more fun on drugs.

However! I will say thank you to Sony because I love
Frankenstein gadgets like this one, even if the ultimate use
case isn’t clear. You can walk around your house and play
Netflix everywhere you go? Sony’s projector helmet is
ultimately a technology in search of a problem. But plenty of
gadgets would benefit from being a little more weird.

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