Stop irritating chatter with speech-jamming gun

By Karen Masuda

The best talkers are people who keep it short with something interesting to say. It is forgivable for someone to go on at great lengths if the content is captivating. But the worst talkers are those who drone on and on concerning the most boring, mundane topics.

As adults, we all have to put up with a certain amount of polite listening, even though we would really like to run out of the room screaming from boredom. You could probably get away with that in your personal life (although you might not have any friends left afterwards), but work related meetings are particularly querulous, where you have to listen to endless reports, where nothing is decided, and where all you want to do is get out of there, or at least take a nap.

Good news! There is a way to shut people up harmlessly and with the simple aim and fire technique of a gun.

It took the brilliance of two research scientists with PhDs in Information Science and Technology to come up with the SpeechJammer. Although still much in the process of being researched, this handy item succeeds in shutting people up! Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu Women’s University in Tokyo created this new device.

You only need to aim a laser beam at the mouth of the speaker and then shoot!

Imagine being able to use this. You could aim it at that person in the library who insists on yammering into a cell phone with no regard to the surrounding people trying to get in some quiet reading time. Or even better, the person at the work meeting who has gone way over his allotted speaking time. You could disrupt their speaking bringing peace and quiet back into your life.

So how is this possible? Professor Kurihara explains that it is based on the principle that when we talk, we listen to ourselves in order to confirm that we are speaking correctly. If the sound from our voices reaches our ears within 100 milliseconds, then our brains can confirm that we are saying what we wish to say. But if you delay that time the brain thinks that you aren’t speaking correctly so it has to stop and adjust itself in order to speak correctly. The SpeechJammer artificially sets up the situation by delaying the time that it takes for the speakers words to get to his brain, shutting him up.

Professor Kurihara further explains that to cause the delay, the gun uses a directional speaker, directional microphone, and a distance sensor. The speaker and microphone are able to control the reach of sound in a very confined space. What amazing technology.

Professor Kurihara suggests using the SpeechJammer technology on people who can’t follow the rules of normal conversation.

The ability to speak is a resource we all have. We share the same space to get our ideas across through speech. If two or more people talk at once then crosstalk occurs and it is difficult to understand what is going on. Also there are people who may raise their voice before someone cuts in on them, using their power of speech to obstruct other people’s right to talk.

Professor Kurihara expanded further. “Sadly this is seen often among politicians. The 21st century is already known as the century for dialogue. Dialogue is the most adequate means to settle disputes. If the set rules for dialogue can be followed then a peaceful solution to a problem is possible. It would be good to see SpeechJammer used to help instigate the rules of peaceful dialogue.“

Who would have known there was such a noble philosophy behind the SpeechJammer gun! Actually Professor Kurihara has been carrying out research in the area of how to conduct impartial and fulfilling discussion and the SpeechJammer was developed as part of that research. Way to think outside of the box.

What does the future hold for SpeechJammer? Will we ever be able to take one in our hands, point it to someone who just won’t shut up, and fire away? Don’t you simply cringe at the possible misconduct in the use of this device?

Professor Kurihara assures us that SpeechJammer is still very much in the stages of early research. “The effect seems to vary among people and it might not work so well with people who get used to it. There needs to be a constant dependable effect, then we can start thinking of the implications.”

The response to SpeechJammer continues to pour in particularly from the video on YouTube. There is much to be discussed in the way of whether regulating speech in this way is in the best interests of human kind.

Finally Professor Kurihara reiterates that he hopes the SpeechJammer can be used for "peace around the world."

Maybe it is important to remember that using our voices to discuss problems and create awareness is something that we can do only if we also listen to one another.

Source: Excite Bit News

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The politicians are not going to like this. Could be usefull on those people blaring out their rubbish from those big vans.

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please add that they got the IgNoble prize for this

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Who has the right to decide that others' speech is irrelevant and should be stopped? You're going to have everyone blasting everyone else just because one person's having a bad day and the person zapped will want revenge. I'd say these guys should have focussed on a laser to shoot into your ears if you really don't want to hear people's yammering.

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please add that they got the IgNoble prize for this

Now I hope they get the Nobel Prize too!

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I can use this at my wife.

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Does this SpeechJammer really work? I'm really a loud mouth and don't know when to shut up most of the time.

This SpeechJammer is freaking me out. It'll be the ultimate weapon for me wife.

However, this would be good for debate like situations like the Japanese and Chinese dudes debating over the Islands on TV at the table. Some of they get hot headed and start yelling and stuff, this speech jammer would work well in this types of situations.

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Stop irritating chatter with speech-jamming gun

Americans have had a version of this for years. It's called the Glock 17. Only it's a little more drastic.

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the end of free speech...china would love to copy this!

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fdsSep. 29, 2012 - 11:31AM JST

the end of free speech...china would love to copy this!

They have been using a big-big one "Arrest to Death". It has been working very well in China.

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This would be good for the Obama Romney debates?

Who has the right to decide that others' speech is irrelevant and should be stopped?

I do. Thanks for asking.

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Inspired by the Klingon(or Romulan?) Disrupter?

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You dont have the courage to tell a person to shut up or something more polite but you have the courage to pull out this massive tool and point it at someones face. Which is more rude. Only place for this is speeches, movies, and other events like that where people should be quiet. A tool used by the employees of said events.

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If only I could have one of these for a female relative of mine....

Also, it would be nice for some of the more boring/dumb/just-plain-stupid posts. on JT. Not naming names, but he/she asked "Who has the right to decide that others' speech is irrelevant and should be stopped?"

It's obviously for fun, relax.

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Wouldn't the use of this be considered a weapon?

A device that attacks and interferes with another person.

For example, the use of bright lights and lasers to stun and confuse pilots is considered a crime. This seems to fall under the same category.

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Can it be used against all the irritating girl groups in Japan?

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Even if people sometimes have trouble shutting up, I'd say that, assuming the picture at the top of the article is accurate, pointing that thing directly at their head would cause them to stop talking pretty quickly, without even having to pull the trigger.

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would've loved to have one of these to use on kocho-sensei at today's undokai!!

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Want one? I'm sure it's not in store but there's an app for that (if you got an iPhone)

here, Speech Zapper would do the same thing

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Speech jamming gun is for sale someday. I just wonder if they really could use it to stop someone talking in public? This act would be some kinda harassment.

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One of these would have come in handy at the UN General Assembly a couple of days ago...

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[the end of free speech...china would love to copy this]!

No.........China is only the 1st runner up. We should congratules the world best and champion of copycats......Japan.

Bravo Japan. Continue to hold the title Copycats Champion. Freedom from the hand of Right Winger and save the world.

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Best Japanese invention.

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i need to deploy a couple of these at the starbucks so i can get some reading done...

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this is going to sold in the millions to all the men in the world !!! what a fantastic device !! hurry up and get into prodution ASAP!! can I pre order now??

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must be nice to have one of these to try out at AKB48 concert

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pointless device build only for shy people in the Japanese market, if anyone ever pointed that at me they would see a punch in the head.

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Trouble with this kind of weapon is that it can be used, by the politicians on hecklers or vice versa.

And I bet someone will post plans how to make one on the internet in the next few days.


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I stop irritating chatter with my irritating-chatter-banning-gun, a.k.a., TV remote.

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I saw this on QI last week. It seems that if you're an actor or public speaker who is used to carrying on in the face of distractions from around you, you can carry on regardless as you even ignore your own time-delayed voice.

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The research group's original English subtitled video, showing the gun in action briefly (on Japanese speakers) is here I'd like to see the QI clip.

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How can we nominate these guys for the Nobel "Peace" Prize? I want to requisition one for work!

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