Using Mindflex to shock the heck out of people

We love to see eloquent hacks but this isn’t one of them. [Aaron] and his fellow sadists are using a Mindflex game with an electric shocker. If your brain is idle you’ll be fine, but too much activity inside the noggin and you’re in for nasty shock to the arm. Take a look at the video (bleeped but probably NSFW) after the break.

We’ve seen the Mindflex before, they’re using its interface in the same ways we’ve seen the Force Trainer used, by tapping into the LEDs. The shocks are provided by a Qkit, so hopefully there’s enough engineering behind it to keep the ‘contestant’ safe.

Hey, isn’t that the Tron Guy?

Comments

  1. Peter says:

    Whatever…

  2. Alastair says:

    This’d be better the other way round; punishing you for not exercising your brain. Wear it for weeks and watch your IQ skyrocket! Just don’t stop studying to sleep or take a piss and you’ll be fine.

  3. Dan says:

    Harrison Bergeron anybody?

  4. andrew says:

    I haven’t checked but there should be a timeout after each shock — stress from a shock appears to increase brain activity. Is it clear that these things actually measure “brain activity” and not simply the muscles in the scalp / forehead?

  5. andrew says:

    Oh and, in general, graduate punishment (where you use different intensities) is not as effective as just using the highest safe intensity.

  6. arrow_runner says:

    @Alastair

    I think setting it up to shock you for NOT thinking would just flat out drive you insane!

  7. YaBa says:

    hmmm it’s like those anti-barking collars :D :D ………. for dogs :)

  8. dread says:

    It’s not Tron Guy, it’s James Ashby from SMBC-Theater.

  9. Plautus says:

    I love projects involving this thing. Also, inspired choice for background music, here’s the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM

  10. googfan says:

    sounds like torture.

  11. PhilKll says:

    I wonder how Milgram would categorize this?

  12. The Ideanator says:

    lol @ the Milgram comment, I was thinking the same thing.

  13. McSquid says:

    also, buy some uranium.

  14. Skitchin says:

    Drinking games just got a lot more SHOCKING.

  15. M4CGYV3R says:

    Possibly the best use I’ve seen yet for those stupid brainwave band things.

    If you could read the waves with more detail you could possibly come up with better applications, but the resolution of this reader is so nondescript and limited that a basic on/off application is perfect. I’m sure it’s no more terrible than those little shock-roulette wheels they sell all over the place.

  16. HIrudinea says:

    Just turn on the Bethoven and you can play Clockwork Orange.

  17. Morgan says:

    I agree about it being the other way round, for brain training and to stop people not concentrating while driving.

  18. Mikey says:

    Nah, I think they’re perfect the way they are: they keep the prisoner/victim/”volunteer”/whatever from thinking too much. It will stop them from any sort of organized riot, I’d say.

  19. Sootie says:

    Does this mean we can finally work out if stoners are actually thinking about anything besides cookies

  20. Mike D. says:

    Have a networked system for a “shared experience”.

  21. Whatnot says:

    You misspelled hell.

  22. LuciusMare says:

    andrew: right, thought the same.

  23. john585 says:

    boobs will sell anything

  24. Douglas says:

    I only looked at the site because of the expression on that guys face. The boobs were a nice touch though, got my brainwaves moving.

  25. octel says:

    in after a bunch of savages

    What’s so entertaining about inflicting pain on others? You all must be Americans.

  26. D- says:

    Guaranteed to give you a shock sooner or later.

  27. blizzarddemon says:

    Great…now apple really can be big brother….

  28. losers says:

    dumb

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