Can a “VEST” create new senses for humans?

Apr 27, 2018, 7:45 AM EDT

Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman nurtures an ambitious plan of expanding human sensory perceptions beyond the natural five and his Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) could well be on the path to hit that goal.

VEST, a wearable device equipped with over two dozen vibrating motors wraps around the user’s torso, collecting real-time data and passing the signals to the brain that can be interpreted to make sense after a mild training, writes

The experience of VEST is like having a sixth sense, which could help deaf “listen” to flight status or even check real-time stock market updates, as if “second nature.”