Virtual insanity – device mimics schizophrenic hallucinations

It’s literally impossible for a healthy person to understand what’s going on in the mind of a schizophrenic, but a new training device offers the opportunity to experience a simulation of the hallucinatory episodes that a person undergoing a schizophrenic episode can experience. Although initially designed with the purpose of encouraging greater empathy in professionals who work with the mentally ill, I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before this sort of hardware makes it to street-level and gets repurposed as a form of recreation.