Hilarious Hacked Device Electrocutes You for Thinking (Video)

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What do you do after hacking a brain computer interface to electrocute people when they concentrate? You invite over some comedians and film them flipping out. Awesome.

In further proof that idle engineers are the most evil demographic in the world, I present to you the “Most Painful Toy Hack Ever”. Created by Aaron Rasmussen, co-founder of Harcos Laboratories, this hacked device monitors your brain activity and gives you a scream-out-loud electric shock as soon as you start concentrating as a way of making your friends laugh. That’s the sort of mixture of comedy and malevolence you can expect from Harcos. To promote their energy drinks (which look like mana potions, and bags of human blood) they’ve pulled a lot of crazy stunts using technology. They’re sort of the geeky version of Jackass. Watch the video below to see Rasmussen shock the crap out of himself, his co-founder Elijah Szasz, and the cast of SMBC-Theater. I never knew such hilarious antics could arise from combining BCI with electroshock therapy.

For a hack of a brain computer interface (BCI), the MPTHE is pretty cheap to build. Rasmussen says the entire project cost him around $105. That includes the BCI from a toy called MindFlex (~$80+), an electric shock card from Qkit (~$5), and various electronic parts. Harcos Labs has placed all the information you need to build your own MPTHE on their website. I’m sure hackers everywhere have already started to improve upon the design. We just saw the release of the first patient-ready BCI on the market. Maybe with that EEG they’d be able to do something more productive than shock you. As brain computer interfaces get more common, and accessible, I’m sure we’ll see some really incredible hacks, hopefully not all for evil.



[image and video credit: Harcos Laboratories]
[source: Harcos Laboratories]

Discussion — 45 Responses

  • Don March 22, 2010 on 6:26 pm

    You might want to correct your headline. Electrocution means death by electric shock, not simply receiving an electric shock.

  • Don March 22, 2010 on 2:26 pm

    You might want to correct your headline. Electrocution means death by electric shock, not simply receiving an electric shock.

    • Samson Don March 29, 2010 on 9:40 am

      are you gonna cry?

    • Antonio Don April 2, 2010 on 5:02 pm

      You’re totally right. ‘Electrocute’ is not just electric shock, it involves death. It’s not about being a grammar-nazi. What is wrong is wrong, just like that.

      e·lec·tro·cute (-lktr-kyt)
      1. To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
      2. To execute (a condemned prisoner) by means of electricity.

      • Steve Antonio April 29, 2010 on 7:09 pm

        Cry me a friggin river.

        • Jacob Steve July 25, 2010 on 8:14 pm

          Steve continues to miss the point; it’s not about whining or crying, it’s about correctitude. Imagine claiming you were murdered when you were merely attacked.

  • Khannea Suntzu March 23, 2010 on 1:09 am

    Please a list of transhumanists and futurists you’d love seeing subjected to this test!

    First choice – Jamais Cascio (for the bewildered expression he’d get) and Kevin Warwick (he deserves the pain! ask his wife!)

  • Khannea Suntzu March 22, 2010 on 9:09 pm

    Please a list of transhumanists and futurists you’d love seeing subjected to this test!

    First choice – Jamais Cascio (for the bewildered expression he’d get) and Kevin Warwick (he deserves the pain! ask his wife!)

  • Jérémie Clos March 23, 2010 on 1:20 am

    Well there is another device that teaches you not to think for much less money. I think it’s called the bible or something like that well the name is silly but I heard it’s quite famous ;D

    • LizardKing Jérémie Clos March 24, 2010 on 11:02 pm

      @needlzor

      well played sir, well played

    • Adam Jérémie Clos March 25, 2010 on 10:48 am

      Was that really necessary?

  • needlzor March 22, 2010 on 9:20 pm

    Well there is another device that teaches you not to think for much less money. I think it’s called the bible or something like that well the name is silly but I heard it’s quite famous ;D

    • LizardKing needlzor March 24, 2010 on 7:02 pm

      @needlzor

      well played sir, well played

    • Adam needlzor March 25, 2010 on 6:48 am

      Was that really necessary?

      • casey Adam March 25, 2010 on 9:51 pm

        “was that really necessary?”

        Are you really necessary? Quit whining.

        • Chris casey March 26, 2010 on 8:08 am

          Well played sir, well played.

          • stephen Chris April 28, 2010 on 6:55 pm

            oh he is just mad he’s going to hell thats all

    • Oscar the Grouch needlzor April 28, 2010 on 8:04 pm

      You’re off base there, son. There’s alot to think about in the bible; and had you ever picked up one you would know.

      If you truly wish to learn to NOT THINK you will plop your jaded affluent butt down in front the television.

      Obviously you’ve been well programmed by it thus far so this should not be news to you, sir.

    • Techwatch needlzor May 13, 2010 on 11:58 am

      A cattle prod sounds like a friendly alternative

  • casey March 26, 2010 on 1:51 am

    “was that really necessary?”

    Are you really necessary? Quit whining.

    • Chris casey March 26, 2010 on 12:08 pm

      Well played sir, well played.

      • stephen Chris April 28, 2010 on 10:55 pm

        oh he is just mad he’s going to hell thats all

  • Samson March 29, 2010 on 1:40 pm

    are you gonna cry?

  • George April 2, 2010 on 6:47 pm

    Someone should reverse this. Shock you for not thinking. Then put it on government employees.

    • Les George April 2, 2010 on 10:33 pm

      That would consume far too much electricity.

      • z Les April 3, 2010 on 2:10 pm

        YMMD :-)

      • Salem Les April 4, 2010 on 6:59 pm

        I’m sure the influx in electrical spending would also fix the economy! Everyone wins!

  • George April 2, 2010 on 2:47 pm

    Someone should reverse this. Shock you for not thinking. Then put it on government employees.

    • Les George April 2, 2010 on 6:33 pm

      That would consume far too much electricity.

      • z Les April 3, 2010 on 10:10 am

        YMMD :-)

      • Salem Les April 4, 2010 on 2:59 pm

        I’m sure the influx in electrical spending would also fix the economy! Everyone wins!

  • Antonio April 2, 2010 on 9:02 pm

    You’re totally right. ‘Electrocute’ is not just electric shock, it involves death. It’s not about being a grammar-nazi. What is wrong is wrong, just like that.

    e·lec·tro·cute (-lktr-kyt)
    1. To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
    2. To execute (a condemned prisoner) by means of electricity.

    • Steve Antonio April 29, 2010 on 11:09 pm

      Cry me a friggin river.

      • Jacob Steve July 26, 2010 on 12:14 am

        Steve continues to miss the point; it’s not about whining or crying, it’s about correctitude. Imagine claiming you were murdered when you were merely attacked.

  • Oscar the Grouch April 29, 2010 on 12:04 am

    You’re off base there, son. There’s alot to think about in the bible; and had you ever picked up one you would know.

    If you truly wish to learn to NOT THINK you will plop your jaded affluent butt down in front the television.

    Obviously you’ve been well programmed by it thus far so this should not be news to you, sir.

  • Alia April 29, 2010 on 10:25 am

    The Chinese will buy this, make it so it only shocks you when you’re *not* concentrating, and then require every student to wear one.

  • Alia April 29, 2010 on 6:25 am

    The Chinese will buy this, make it so it only shocks you when you’re *not* concentrating, and then require every student to wear one.

  • Doon April 29, 2010 on 10:26 am

    From the outro: “I have no idea why anyone would want to build this machine; it is the worst machine ever.”

  • Doon April 29, 2010 on 6:26 am

    From the outro: “I have no idea why anyone would want to build this machine; it is the worst machine ever.”

  • toys-outlet May 3, 2010 on 7:32 am

    The cut the NSFW part. It was basically the same scene as The Green Mile when he didn’t wet the sponge.

  • toys-outlet May 3, 2010 on 3:32 am

    The cut the NSFW part. It was basically the same scene as The Green Mile when he didn’t wet the sponge.

  • Frozz May 12, 2010 on 7:47 am

    You should get 2 of them and set them up to shock each other, then have a contest to see who can last the longest trying to zap the other.
    That’d be hilarious.

  • Frozz May 12, 2010 on 3:47 am

    You should get 2 of them and set them up to shock each other, then have a contest to see who can last the longest trying to zap the other.
    That’d be hilarious.

  • Techwatch May 13, 2010 on 3:58 pm

    A cattle prod sounds like a friendly alternative

  • Matt Sowerby July 30, 2014 on 11:37 pm

    Ha ha – I was once mugged by two people in Durban – one held my arms behind my back while the other punched me in the head until I fell unconscious – all I remember was the ground sideways and my keys on the floor…
    For the next 5 or so years there was a ‘clicking’ in my head that corresponded with thoughts that my ego perceived as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’.
    And my left and right thumb had the same spasms too – left = wrong, right = right
    and my feet also did the same. It took me years to figure out what was happening.
    It has gotten better but it is still there and it was very powerful at the time…
    Now, in order to save myself, I can only know that the self is an ‘illusion’ = this is my only saving grace.