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Sensory overload device that prevents a person from thinking

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 31, 2021
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A device that makes it impossible for you to focus or think about anything. The more you try to think, the more the device shifts into a higher gear of distracting you. Basically a serious version of this.


  • Distract a person during an expected onset of phobias, panic attacks, unwanted intrusive thoughts.
  • The device would also be useful for self reprogramming. Upon doing/thinking something you don't want, at the click of a button you could give yourself a mini-punishment. In time you would stop doing whatever it was that triggered the punishment.
How it works

The battery powered device would have at its disposal :
  • several glue-on electrodes that you place on uncomfortable places (spine, tongue, gums, armpits, groin, neck, feet)
  • rapid heating/cooling pads (peltier elements) that you place on your kidneys and inside of tighs
  • earbuds for sudden screams, screeching noises, bursts of loud music
  • eyeglasses with strobing LEDs directed toward your eyelids
  • multiple glue-on poking devices that give you tiny pricks at uncomfortable places
  • a headband that periodically squeezes and releases, jolts, heats/cools
  • what else?
Ideally, all the gear could be placed on your body without it looking ridiculous. So a slap machine and various unusual looking additions might not be suitable.

The person should have an intensity dial mounted on their thumb so that they can easily tune the distractions up or down. The higher the setting, the more unpleasant it gets.

The device would put out random or coordinated impulses at varying speeds and intensity. It could range from intrestingly pleasant to please-let-it-stop.

Optionally, you could play a song loudly and have the device jolt, strobe, cool/heat, etc.. in the rythm of the music. Let's call it a "nightmare party mode" :)

Usage examples:
  • You have to do something that is not dangerous but you have an irrational fear of it. You turn on the device for the time it takes you to get through the task.
  • You know that something will provoke your negative reaction. So you turn the device on and let the situation pass while you are incapacitated to react.
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General comments

Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
This guy could really use such a device. Vasovagal syncope in action:

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
I wonder if, if you could get used to it, such a device could offer the same benefits of a sensory deprivation chamber? Would overstimulating your senses to a certain point perhaps cancel them out completely and become meditative? That would be very cool.
As for using it to do something like anxiety though, I think the overload would be so unpleasant that it might just add to the negative experience. We'd only really be able to know if a prototype of such a product exists, it would be very interesting.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Spook Louw It just has to overpower a person briefly, for as long as it takes them to get past whatever they are trying to not think about:)
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