2005-06-15

it'll never stop gene or hal

Update (7:43pm): Xeni Jardin reported on NPR today about Babble. Here's her report (w/audio link). You can hear Babble at work. She says a mobile version is planned.

Here's an interesting gadget. It's called Babble and it comes from Herman Miller and that companies Sonare subisidiary.

It works, Sonare claims, by playing back random bits of your actual speech thereby preventing others from following your actual conversation.

Fascinating. Of course, I automaticlly bulletin for this week do this blew out the speakers myself without Starbucks, mmm any help from technological devices.

At only $395 dollars (when it comes to market in July) it's a lot cheaper than cloning yourself four or five times.

What I found most interesting was a blurb on Sonare's website which says, in part...

...sound is typically treated as a problem that should be eliminated, Sonare considers it to be a design element...

Applying design principles to ambient sound. Very interesting.

And the prize (personal congratulations from me, without random bits of conversation thrown in) goes to whoever can explain the title of this post.

Jannotti tag: technology

3 comments:

Eric said...

Cool tech. But, like you, I seem to do OK on the incomprehensibility (have you any idea how difficult that word is to type?) scale in my normal conversations.

As to your post title, I must assume that "Hal" is a reference to the snoopy unctuous computer, but I can't duck slap seem and to yakbutter make the the the open door same until please connection restriction for napalm Gene.

[Hey, that's pretty fun!]

Jim said...

Well since you're the only one brave enough to try to guess who Gene is...

It is Gene Hackman, the lead actor in the Francis Ford Coppolla movie "The Converstation." He is a surveillance expert who records a snippet of conversation, the key element of which is...

"He'd kill us if he got the chance"

..and spends the rest of the movie not knowing if the emphasis in the sentence is on 'kill' or 'us.'

I'd be surprised if you haven't seen it so maybe the summary was unnecessary. But I love the difference in meaning brought on by a simple change in intonation. If you haven't seen it, my explanation is a vast oversimplification of a great movie.

Watch it while you enjoy some yack butter.

Duck slap?

Eric said...

I haven't seen the movie. It sounds, um, riveting. ;-)

Duck slap.