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Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners

 
Nika
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Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
BOSTON (AP) — For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer.

The SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person's speech by repeating his or her own voice at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds, was named Thursday as a 2012 winner of the Ig Nobel prize — an award sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird and humorous scientific discoveries.

The echo effect of the device is just annoying enough to get someone to sputter and stop.

Actually, the device created by Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada is meant to help public speakers by alerting them if they are speaking too quickly or have taken up more than their allotted time.

"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, of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan.

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09/21/2012 12:52 AM
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Re: Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
Somebody get Sean Hannity's producer one of these. O'Reilly, too.
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Re: Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
Somebody get Sean Hannity's producer one of these. O'Reilly, too.
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This device is what's causing all these reporters to talk gibberish?
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