Two Japanese researchers have invented a device that can stop even the most ardent chatterbox.
Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada's creation has been celebrated with the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize award which is aimed at rewarding weird and humorous scientific discoveries. The 'SpeechJammer' works by repeating the speaker's voice back to them with a tiny delay of a few milliseconds which produces an effect that is confusing and annoying enough to stop them in their tracks.
"This technology ... could also be useful to ensure speakers in a meeting take turns appropriately, when a particular participant continues to speak, depriving others of the opportunity to make their fair contribution," said Kurihara. "Winning an Ig Nobel has been my dream as a mad scientist."
"For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer."
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