Electrical muscle stimulation can turn a person into a superhero

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Were you looking for Spiderman or Batman movies in your childhood to become a superhero? It's unlikely to find super human opportunities after a spider bite, but creating a costume that makes you much stronger and more agile than ordinary people is quite real. A group of scientists from the US and Japan seems to be developing one of the components of such a suit. With the small sticker they create, a person can learn to shoot instantly and accurately at objects that move at a speed of more than 100 kilometers per hour. How can a person's response be increased so much?

According to scientists, the average response time of a healthy person is about 250 milliseconds, which is a quarter of a second. It may seem to some people as if this is a fairly short span of time, and one can only envy the human reaction. But things are not as good as they seem. Due to the fact that the brain needs about 200 milliseconds to detect an object, and 50 milliseconds to perform an action, sometimes a person can not quickly catch a falling pencil and certainly not hit a flying baseball with a shot.

How can you improve the reaction?

In order to shorten the reaction time and to allow the execution of actions immediately, it is possible with the help of a camera and a small device to electrically discharge the arm for muscle contraction. The essence of technology is that a special camera recognizes a fast-moving object faster than the human brain and immediately delivers an electrical impulse to the muscles to perform an action. So that people do not feel that someone is controlling them, the system had to be slowed down a bit – the reaction speed only increases by 50 milliseconds, which were previously spent on the action itself.

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With a combination of a camera and an electrical discharge device, the person who participated in the experiment could shoot a baseball ball flying out of a cannon. Then he was able to hit him hard by firing a ball with a toy pistol. This really is an amazing result, as the speed of a baseball exceeds 100 km / h.

Everything looks very cool, but the device for speeding up a person's reaction is not yet up for sale. Developers need to fix at least one issue – for example, if a person changes their minds at the last minute to shoot at an object, they will shoot anyway due to a momentary electrical discharge. If the object recognition system makes a mistake and a person gets into the field of view of the camera, it can lead to death.

Such a technology may be needed, especially in the military sphere, to create soldiers with superhuman response. It and similar technologies can also make life easier for people with disabilities and enable them to interact with objects as fast as healthy people.

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