You might not need Billy Mays to convince you to buy this piece of technology.
Are you tired of having coworkers rant on and on about their daily lives? Can they not take the hint to stop talking? Well, Japan has got you covered.
Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University proposed a radical new invention: the speech-interrupting loudspeaker.
Psychologists have long realized that human speech can be interrupted by having a delay of their speech repeated to them at a delay of a few milliseconds. So now, KLurihara and Tsukada put that principle into practice by developing a device with a microphone and a speaker that captures a person’s voice and feed it back at them with a delay of 0.2 seconds.
Does it hurt? Well, no. As a matter of fact, Kurihara and Tsukada noted that:
“The system can disturb remote people’s speech without any physical discomfort.”
What will people think of next?