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Speech jamming device wins Ig Nobel Prize

By T.K. Randall
September 23, 2012 · Comment icon 16 comments



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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.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by EllJay 10 years ago
I wonder how long it will take until this device find its way into the US Senate. Imagine, filibustering will no longer be a problem.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rhino666 10 years ago
I wanna hear this.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
One of these sitting on the arm of the sofa next to the TV remote will be an essential part of 'family' life one day... If you have a family you will understand why... I wanna hear this. That might not happen...
Comment icon #10 Posted by regeneratia 10 years ago
Let;s use this on governments. Make them stop the lying.
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
I don't know what's so Nobel worthy about this. DJs have to deal with this on a daily basis. Their headphones send their words back to them on the delay speed of the station. It definitely doesn't work on them.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 10 years ago
Everyone who knows me will want one.
Comment icon #13 Posted by smokeycat 10 years ago
Stephen Fry demonstrated one on QI the other day...
Comment icon #14 Posted by 4MinuteNile 10 years ago
It should be a requirement for evangelists to use these.
Comment icon #15 Posted by cerberusxp 10 years ago
I really could've used this at my last job. Umm Being cousin It? Just couldn't pass it by.
Comment icon #16 Posted by aztek 10 years ago
the answer has been around for decades, DUCT TAPE


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