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Alright guys, time to break out the science!

Whether you liked it or not, you've probably seen a little of Sword Art Online. If not, this won't spoil anything because it's all introduced in the first episode. In SAO there is the notorious NerveGear, which is said to send off a large magnetic pulse into the brain, frying it, if you try to take it off or disconnect it from the internet. Surely there's no way around it, right? I think not. Here is my idea to tear down the plot of the first arc of the show:

NerveGear works by sending and receiving microwave signals to the brain. Microwaves are just a different form of light, so they can be absorbed, reflected, refracted, etc. My idea is find a microwave-transparent, but diamagnetic (blocks magnetic fields) material, and slip it between the helmet and the user. Normal features of the NerveGear would be able to function still and wouldn't be able to detect that there is something in between the person and the helmet because (supposedly) most of its features, including checking what's under the helmet, rely on microwaves, but once the thing is removed its magnetic pulse would fail to reach the person, rendering it harmless.

What do you guys think?
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pi_memorizer wrote:

Alright guys, time to break out the science!

Whether you liked it or not, you've probably seen a little of Sword Art Online. If not, this won't spoil anything because it's all introduced in the first episode. In SAO there is the notorious NerveGear, which is said to send off a large magnetic pulse into the brain, frying it, if you try to take it off or disconnect it from the internet. Surely there's no way around it, right? I think not. Here is my idea to tear down the plot of the first arc of the show:

NerveGear works by sending and receiving microwave signals to the brain. Microwaves are just a different form of light, so they can be absorbed, reflected, refracted, etc. My idea is find a microwave-transparent, but diamagnetic (blocks magnetic fields) material, and slip it between the helmet and the user. Normal features of the NerveGear would be able to function still and wouldn't be able to detect that there is something in between the person and the helmet because (supposedly) most of its features, including checking what's under the helmet, rely on microwaves, but once the thing is removed its magnetic pulse would fail to reach the person, rendering it harmless.

What do you guys think?


I think you are trying to smash a paper thin plot with an industrial strength sledgehammer.
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Posted 2/29/16
That is the same thing as taking off the helmet.

I thought it was the electrical discharge that killed the person.
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@xxJing That's what makes it fun!

@AnimeKami I made sure to look it up, it's a "powerful electromagnet" that does the killing. Plus, because the material would be transparent to microwaves, the system that detects the removal would be unable to detect it.
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