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[Escapist] Scientists Create Gun That Physically Stops You From Talking

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The gun, called the "SpeechJammer" (because everybody knows that hip scientists don't use the spacebar), was developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan. And while the effect it produces sounds a bit science-fictiony, the mechanics behind it are actually quite simple to grasp. Basically, when we speak normally (which is to say, without weird futuristic sonic weapons in our face), we don't simply project noise by moving our lips and tongue while pushing out air. That's part of it, sure, but we also use our ears to actively listen to our words to guide our speech. This is part of the reason why deaf people often sound different than those who can hear.

To describe it simply, the SpeechJammer is a speaker and a microphone, both designed to accurately target a small cone of direct sound. As it "listens" to its victim, it quickly projects the words back at him or her with a small delay of two hundred milliseconds, creating what nerds call "Delayed Auditory Feedback," and what boring people call "annoying echoes that make me sound funny." It may not seem like much, but it's enough to jumble up even the stoutest of would-be Ciceros.

According to the team who put this 1984 2012 wonder together, their purpose was twofold. The first was for use in what the public comfortably considers "quiet spaces," like libraries and movie theaters. The second was to disarm "louder, stronger" voices from dominating conversations.

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Man, there are so many people I could use this on at work.
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I want to take one of these with me to a bar and point it at that guy.
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They should shoot all the members of THE VIEW with this haha thumb.gif
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I want to take one of these with me to a bar and point it at that guy.

or that chic who has that really annoying voice or laugh...
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All I can say is.... Why?

Sure I could see this selling to men with overly contentious wives, but come on!

Next up, Cop uses new Space Gun to silence protesters... wink.gif
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or that chic who has that really annoying voice or laugh...

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post #8 of 66
Not to sound weird but don't they already have a gun that does this its call a pistol lol but this isnt harmful so its a little different smile.gif

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Does it work through the TV? LULz! biggrin.gif
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Interesting, I was just reading about acoustic weapons the other day and this reminds me of the LRAD. Which is a terrifying technology on it's own....

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