A new brain implant doesn’t restore sight in blind rats, but it does something a whole lot weirder: give the rat the extra sense of geomagnetism. It could one day be a new way to navigate for blind people–or heck, even healthy people hankering for a sixth sense.
I can't really describe Sixth Sense in a line. Sure, it is a system that projects information about what surrounds you over objects' surfaces, but it's also much more. You just have to watch it:
The boffins at Ishikawa-Namiki Komuro Laboratory are working on a device that will allow "optical-hair modules" to provide spatial information via haptic cues. The modules will be able to process information and then pass this onto "vibro-tactile" units, which would be placed directly on the skins surface.