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Japan Invents a Speech Jamming Gun [Video]

5 March 2012 One Comment

“I wish the mute button on this remote would shut you up!”, I remember frequently saying this to a cousin of mine that wouldn’t shut up while I was watching TV. Thanks to Japan now we have a device to silence those who annoy us. With the Speech Jammer can silence your target by simply pointing it at them.

The Jammer works by recording the person’s voice and projecting it back at them with a 0.2 second delay. Hearing their own voice with the delay makes the speaker confused and almost immediately shuts them up. According to researchers Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada;”This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stopping speaking.”

The video shows harmless and humorous uses for the device, but one can’t help but wonder what the actually applications will be. From the research paper: “There are still many cases in which the negative aspects of speech become a barrier to the peaceful resolution of conflicts,” Do you see this being a new tool against public protests? What are some other uses you can think of?

via: My Fox
The paper
Thanks to Got Faded Japan for the tip.

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