Headlines Inventor Creates Soundless Sound System

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Elwood "Woody" Norris pointed a metal frequency emitter at one of perhaps 30 people who had come to see his invention. The emitter — an aluminum square — was hooked up by a wire to a CD player. Norris switched on the CD player.

"There's no speaker, but when I point this pad at you, you will hear the waterfall," said the 63-year-old Californian.

And one by one, each person in the audience did, and smiled widely.

Norris' HyperSonic Sound system has won him an award coveted by inventors — the $500,000 annual Lemelson-MIT Prize. It works by sending a focused beam of sound above the range of human hearing. When it lands on you, it seems like sound is coming from inside your head.
Norris said the uses for the technology could come in handy — in cars, in the airport or at home.

"Imagine your wife wants to watch television and you want to read a book, like the intellectual you are," he said to the crowd. "Imagine you are a lifeguard or a coach and you want to yell at someone, he'll be the only one to hear you."
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So let me get this straight, I basically could put voices in other people's heads.

Oh, that could be VERY useful, and fun...
 

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that's kickass. i can listen to music is school and noone would hear lol. or i could point the directional thingy at someone and annoy the hell out of them lol.
 

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imagine hearing "its a small world" 24/7 in your head and not being able to stop it...
 

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wow... I'll be the first to buy one when they're on the market

Seems easy enough to make though...
 

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Wasn't there a Nightmare on Elm Street movie where really loud sounds made some kids head explode or something.... That would be cool.
 

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I thought about that directional speaker a long time ago. Maybe I should follow through with some of my off the wall ideas.
 

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I saw it in action back in '03 on TechTV's (Before it was assraped by G4) show "Tomorrow's World."

It's amazing to see it in action, and it's certainly an awesome invention. But back then, it sounded like GPX made it...
 

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Descent said:
I saw it in action back in '03 on TechTV's (Before it was assraped by G4) show "Tomorrow's World."

It's amazing to see it in action, and it's certainly an awesome invention. But back then, it sounded like GPX made it...

G4 did fuck up TechTv.