Sometimes, there seems no way to get others to stop talking.
One might want them to be quiet because they are spouting nonsense, or merely because they sound like Woody Woodpecker.
And yet some people do go on, often at the most inappropriate moments for our ears and our moods.
Some Japanese researchers--Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University--have created the perfect solution for this painful dilemma: a gun. No, they're not suggesting you go Dirty Harry on those who annoy you.
Instead, this appealing firearm jams the vocal output of the unwanted up to a distance of 100 feet.
The technology behind it is deafeningly simple. The gun listens in with a directional microphone and plays it back to them with a 0.2 second delay. This creates an environment in which one is simply unable to speak. The technical term for this is Delayed Auditory Feedback. … Read more