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Silence Gun: Strange weapon of the future immediately quiets you, whether you like it or not
Yahoo! News/Tecca ^ | March 1, 2012 | Tecca

Posted on 03/02/2012 7:06:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Ever since humans first invented guns, they've been inventing new uses for them. Some shoot bullets; others shoot lasers.

But a strange and unsettling new gun being developed by Japanese researchers shoots sound waves in an effort to disrupt and silence anyone who dares speak out of turn.

The gun operates based on the concept of delayed auditory feedback. An attached microphone picks up the sound being made by the target and plays it back 0.2 seconds later.

The effect is incredibly confusing to the human brain, making it all but impossible to talk or hold a conversation. The device doesn't cause the person it's being used on any physical harm — it simply messes with their head.

When the human brain hears its own speech perfectly in sync during normal speech, it easily processes the input and allows you to largely ignore the sound of your own voice.

However, by offsetting the response just a bit, the brain hears your mouth speaking as well as the strange echo effect produced by the gun.

This unusual combination is confusing enough to effectively shut down the part of your brain responsible for managing speech, and you fall immediately silent.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: silencegun

1 posted on 03/02/2012 7:06:32 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I want one.


2 posted on 03/02/2012 7:09:01 PM PST by Neanderthal
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t think it would be all that effective. I’ve had nearly this effect on my cell phone when I get an odd connection, and yes, while it can mess with you, you can simply decide to barrel through, and you can do so. I’ve done it.


3 posted on 03/02/2012 7:09:13 PM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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To: Neanderthal

ALL married men want one.


4 posted on 03/02/2012 7:11:09 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There is a simple countermeasure. You plug your ears and keep talking.


5 posted on 03/02/2012 7:17:43 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Deploying countermeasures.


6 posted on 03/02/2012 7:17:56 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I could usethat thing all day long


7 posted on 03/02/2012 7:18:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Free ThinkerNY


8 posted on 03/02/2012 7:19:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So it’s like having AT&T.


9 posted on 03/02/2012 7:27:54 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Lazamataz

Sounds like a normal cell-phone conversation to me as well. So they turned a cellphone into a weapon? What will they think of next?


10 posted on 03/02/2012 7:29:22 PM PST by wrench
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To: Neanderthal; Ezekiel

Hmm — I think this explains what happens when Nancy Pelosi speaks.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 7:29:30 PM PST by cyn
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Strange Weapon of the Future?

Guns have had the ability to silence people since they were first invented.

12 posted on 03/02/2012 7:30:12 PM PST by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
An attached microphone picks up the sound being made by the target and plays it back 0.2 seconds later.

The effect is incredibly confusing to the human brain, making it all but impossible to talk or hold a conversation.

This sounds like a lot of overseas military "DSN" calls I've participated in over the years. You can adjust to it, just like almost everything else.

13 posted on 03/02/2012 7:36:36 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Lazamataz

Any one who’s worked with professional sound equipment for any length of time has encountered this phenomenon...usually when working with headphones and a delay effect.

You’re confused by it for 5 or 10 seconds and then your brain compensates and you’re never effected by it again.


14 posted on 03/02/2012 7:46:02 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It is called the “Bill O’Reilly Sound Cannon”


15 posted on 03/02/2012 8:32:22 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think Darth Vader has this one covered already:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUDrs8IYevM&feature=related


16 posted on 03/02/2012 9:00:01 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Coooooooooollllllllll!!!

Finally, a gun that the left can use to silence talk radio hosts and, once and for all, completely control the conversation!!

/sarc


17 posted on 03/02/2012 9:14:59 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d like to use it on some of the bosses I’ve had.

The STFU gun.


18 posted on 03/02/2012 9:21:27 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Sounds like a clear, literal violation of Freedom of Speech.

Cheers!

19 posted on 03/02/2012 9:57:05 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Lazamataz
I don’t think it would be all that effective. I’ve had nearly this effect on my cell phone when I get an odd connection, and yes, while it can mess with you, you can simply decide to barrel through, and you can do so. I’ve done it.

Will probably work on the vain thought - once they hear their words coming back at them, they will try to savor the brilliance of the words and get hopelessly tongue-tied. At least it might shut up the average liberal...

20 posted on 03/03/2012 3:26:42 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does it work on teleprompters?


21 posted on 03/03/2012 5:59:00 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is nothing new. This technology was (and maybe still is) used to determine if somebody is faking deafness. A truely deaf person can continue talking through the delay.


22 posted on 03/03/2012 9:04:14 AM PST by bruin66 (Time: Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.)
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