Well, what do we have here? Regularly we come across people who talks a little bit too much, but there is no way to shut them up unless verbal or physical confrontation is used. It now seems an easier way to solve this problem is just right over the horizon, made possible in the land of the rising sun, Japan.
A pair of Japanese researchers came up with a neat piece of technology they like to call “Speech Jammer.” The purpose of this speech jamming gun is to silent those who tend to get extra loud, which in most cases, is annoying to people around them. The tech behind Speech Jammer is not mind blowing out of this world, but interesting enough to be noticed.
Here is how it works:
SpeechJammer using something called delayed auditory feedback, sending someone’s own recorded voice back at them in a strategic gap that causes most people to pause in their speech. It is like being on a phone call where you are hearing your own voice through the receiver a second or two late. This device is a great way to silent those that needs to be silence without using brute or verbal force.
“This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately [after] the speaking stops,” the researchers wrote in their report on the SpeechJammer (pdf). “Furthermore, this effect does not involve anyone but the speaker. It is expected that the negative aspects of speech…can be relaxed by the ability to jam remote people’s speech.”
If the SpeechJammer becomes a real product, how many ways could we use it? Let’s take a look at that:
>> Ever been into a debate where one person is over stepping their time? This is one of those places where a SpeechJammer could be used. Free speech activists would not approve, but hey, we could use it on them as well if they get to boisterous. >> With great power, comes great responsibility, right? NO! With SpeechJammer, who cares about that? This device is a great thing to use to prank your friends or unsuspecting strangers, or better yet, your teacher at school. Sometimes teachers tend to talk too much, so what better way to silence them?
>> The police would find this device to their liking. Police officers hate loud and boisterous protestors, with the SpeechJammer, the police could turn an overly exciting protest into a silent movie from the days when black and white TVs ruled the world.
>> So you’re in a library and someone is on their cellphone disturbing your peace of mind, what do you do? Whip out your noise killing agent, the SpeechJammer. Instead of adding to the noise in the library by telling the culprits to shut up, a simple press of a button could do the trick >> For the men who are unable to stand the constant bickering of their wives, the SpeechJammer tool is right for you. Avoid heated confrontations by using this awesome tool to calm things down.
Our suggestion of top 5 uses of this tool is purely for fun. Do not take it too seriously. After all, we wouldn’t want angry wives to come knocking on our doors.
Check out the SpeechJammer video below:
(Reported by Vamien McKalin, Edited by Surojit Chatterjee)