Saturday, March 03, 2012

"SHUT UP!!!!" they explained.

And now, from Japan, the Shutupatron, a device that shuts you up.  For real.

Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu University, developed a portable "SpeechJammer" gun that can silence people more than 30 meters away.

The device works by recording its target's speech then firing their words back at them with a 0.2-second delay, which affects the brain's cognitive processes and causes speakers to stutter before silencing them completely.

Describing the device in their research paper, Kurihara and Tsukada wrote, "In general, human speech is jammed by giving back to the speakers their own utterances at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stopping speaking."

Is it just me, or are there a lot of guys spending 'way too much time trying to find new ways to shut people up?

The Phantom


Alyric said...

It really is a bit creepy how much time and resources have been put into shutting people up.

Also, am I the only one who, after reading the effects this has on people, thought back to the string of incidents with people on camera exhibiting similar symptoms a while back? News anchors, weather forecasters, etc.

On a related note, I'm guessing that you've probably seen it, but if you've never watched Andrew Klavan's "SHUT UP" video, you really should:

Klavan is a genius.

The Phantom said...

Greetings dewd. Andrew Klavan is the MAN.

Gloria Alred wants a ShutUpatron to use on Rush Limbaugh, but if she can't get one jail will do. See my next post, ol' Gloria is just ragin'!