Being in the same room for extended periods as someone with chronicverbal diarrhea is tough, and we’ve all got our threshold before we finally decide to pull a Homer Simpson choke on a certain Bart, or flip a table to get the message across. Then again, all that passive aggressive rage you build up could result in a rather nifty invention, such as a speech-jamming gun.
Brought to you courtesy of Japanese inventors (who else?), the device works by picking up voices via a directional microphone – with a laser dot to help you point it directly at the source of noise. Then, by playing back that person’s voice after a short 0.2 second delay, it generates Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF), which literally scrambles the brain (painlessly) and causes the target to shut up. According to the researches behind the miracle device, it works up to 100ft, and is intended for use in places such as libraries to stop people from speaking.
However, looking to the future, the inventors hope to create a ‘correctional device’ so to speak, as their paper on the tool explains: “We have to establish and obey rules for proper turn-taking when speaking. However, some people tend to lengthen their turns or deliberately interrupt other people when it is their turn in order to establish their presence rather than achieve more fruitful discussions. Furthermore, some people tend to jeer at speakers to invalidate their speech.” In other words, it should never, ever, fall into the hands of politicians, preachers, or (wannabe) stand-up comedians.
Cue: Snap – I’ve got the power
While it will be a while until we get to own one (I’ll pay good money for one of these mind you), the principle the gun functions on has been transformed into an app, which you can download for freehere, from Google Play or iTunes. While the apps are mainly for fun, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology, it could work quite well as a correctional app, especially if you can’t help but talk to yourself while working… have fun!
For the rest of you working in noise filled environments, and in dire need of some respite, slap on your headphones and crank this up. We swear by it here at 360 celsius.