Researchers in Barcelona are using advanced virtual reality technology to allow subjects to “switch bodies” with the opposite sex.
A group of student’s at Barcelona’s University Pompeu Fabra is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in its “The Machine To Be Another” project, which is featured in the video. The project aims to let male and female participants experience how it feels to be in a body of the opposite sex.
Each subject wears a headset, which projects the video feed from their partner’s POV. Then, the two subjects move according to the same set of instructions in order to mirror each other.
“Deep inside you know it’s not your body, but you feel like it is,” digital arts student and group co-founder Philippe Bertrand said in a Wired report.