of the technology which contributes to your Memory, Ltd. experience
has been in common use for sometime, only it has never before been used
in conjunction with our breakthrough new technology: the Visual Memory
Mental image transmission has been under development since 1896, when
d'Arsonval conducted the first experiments with transcranial magnetic
stimulation (TMS) and laid the groundwork for future researchers in
the field. Around 1911 several scientists, including Dunlap, Magnusson,
and Stevens, reported the phenomenon of magnetophosphenes, that is,
visual sensations caused by the stimulation of the retina due to changing
magnetic fields. By the 1940s, Barlow, Kohn, and Walsh were all able
to effectively use TMS to create distinct visual patterns in human test
subjects, however none discovered any way to transmit a specific image.
These techniques were investigated only occasionally and with few advancements,
until the work of Greere and Rheingold in the 1960s. Motivated by the
ramifications of this under-explored realm of human experience, these
scientists pushed the limits of using EM fields to induce new patterns
of neural activity. By 1972, they achieved startling success, precisely
controlling the images propagated by the EM fields and received by the
test subjects. However, since the apparatus which they used was excessively
large and expensive, and as the image transmissions tended to be fragmented
and insubstantial, few researches took an interest in expanding the
work for commercial applications.
In 1989, Devan Brown formed Sensory Engineering, a loose knit research
collective focused on the exploration of new technologies for design
and translation of sensory experience. Over the next 9 years, 23 scientists,
engineers, artists, programmers, and technicians contributed their creative
energies to the development of the Visual Memory Inducer (VMI), the
Visual Memory Recorder (VMR), and the software database system to both
collect and assemble memory streams. In 1998, one of the principle researchers,
Isa Gordon, began training as the first Certified Memory Technician.
In February of 1999, the first public tests were conducted in Phoenix,
Arizona, and were met with unexpected success. Memory, Ltd. was born.