(It’s almost every man’s dream)
Speech Jammer is a new gadget invented by two Japanese researchers, Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada, that forces people to ‘vocal submission’. (Aka: To stfu.)
When it is shot at someone, it instantly using a technique that stresses the target by freezing their brain into silence.
Sounds hazardous, but apparently it isn’t.
The gun works by picking up speech with a microphone and after 0.2 seconds it fires the same noise back to the person who said it. This technique, called ‘Delayed Auditory Feedback’, is almost certain to interrupt your speech, make someone stutter and then render them totally silent.
It will not cause the person pain, but it will stress them into shutting up. The machine recreates an uncomfortable feeling that most people will have when they hear their own voice echo back to them during a phone call or on Skype.
But aside from shutting the annoying people in the libraries and study rooms, the device is not all bad, because it could improve the lives of people with a speech impediment. It is understood the gun could help improve speech for someone with a stammer.
I’ve watched a video regarding this new gadget, and I hate to break it to some people, but unfortunately, the ‘golden silence’ doesn’t seem to last long. The person who is targeted would pause for a few seconds or more (possibly in confusion?), and would resume back to normal chattering. I don’t think a machine like this can be easily accessible, and I doubt it would be going to the market anytime soon. But think about the countless pranks one could do with this machine! I would love to imagine pointing a Speech Jammer to my professors in my university.