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Must Have: SpeechJammer Silences Those Who Cannot Silence Themselves

We all know them. Those people who talk incessantly, primarily about nothing of any interest whatsoever, and usually at such a volume that you cannot ignore them no matter how hard you try. A particular co-worker of mine leapt to mind when I saw this, although I suppose it would be considered rude (if not impractical) to point this thing at her while we’re putting up a show. But boy, I cannot even begin to tell you how badly I want one of these!

OK, so it’s only a prototype, and there are many issues to be worked out before it can practically hit the market. But the concept is there, and it’s fabulous. See, the way our brains work, we need instant feedback in order to continue governing our speech. What the SpeechJammer does is record the offending talker’s voice, add a 0.2-second delay, and fire it back at them with a directional speaker. And it works up to 30 meters (98 feet) away! I don’t pretend to understand the science behind this, but apparently that will cause their brains to overload and they’ll stop talking. At the very least, maybe they’ll understand how annoying they are.

In its current form, the SpeechJammer is really pretty huge. It looks like a homemade radar gun (you know the joke, right…when you’re bored, sit on the side of the road and point your hair dryer at passing cars?), and there is no possible way you could point this thing at someone without them knowing you’re doing it. Which might actually work in your favour. I mean, if they see you take it out and point it at them, it might work a little like Pavlov’s dogs and make them shut up without you even having to turn it on.

Source: Gizmag

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