Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1465 (2:00:05)

At Toy Fair 2018, Dick saw Backyard Brains' Human-Human Interface. With just a bit of wiring and by applying a few sticky pads to his arm he was about to learn that someone else's brain could make his arm move! Here's how the company puts it: "With our electrophysiology setup, you will learn exciting neuroscience concepts first-hand as your brain sends an electrical impulse to your arm's muscles, telling them to move. When your muscles move, this generates an even larger electrical signal. You'll take that electricity, then further amplify it and inject it into the nerves controlling another person's arm. This will give the other person a direct education about the importance of electrophysiology as this incoming signal overrides their nervous system and forces their arm to obey your electrical commands. It's a new spin on taking charge!

The company's Human-Human Interface contains all of the materials you'll need to connect yourself with another person. It comes with an Arduino microcontroller (it's like a small, easily programmable computer), already programmed to facilitate newfound dreams of power. Plugged into the Arduino is their Muscle Spikershield, which lets the Arduino understand the signals coming out of your body. With this, you can see the electricity in your muscles as they move, but more importantly, use them as a signal to turn on the stimulator. But wait, there's more! A TENS stimulation device harmlessly delivers electricity to your arm's nerves. The Controller person uses the electrical signals from their voluntary muscle movement as a signal to turn on the stimulator. When this happens, your nerves interpreted the electricity as a "contract" signal, and your arm flexed as the controller's arm flexed. All this fun and educational neuroscience for students, kids, and adults isn't exactly inexpensive. It's $259.99

Find out more at backyardbrains.com.