HR Strange But True!
June 03, 2005

A new device called Babble may be just the thing for those who want to make sure that what's said in the cubicle stays in the cubicle.

About the size of a clock radio, Babble is a device composed of a sound processor and several speakers that multiply and scramble voices that come within its range. The New York Times describes the effect this way: "Two people in an office ? were having a tête-à-tête, but it was impossible for a listener standing nearby to understand what they were saying. The conversation sounded like a waterfall of voices, both tantalizingly familiar and yet incomprehensible."

The first version of Babble is designed for a person using a phone, but other models will work in open office space, according to the Times.

The device was developed by Applied Minds, a research and consulting firm founded by Danny Hillis, a distinguished computer architect, and Bran Ferren, an industrial designer and Hollywood special effects wizard.

The Times notes that Babble is just the latest example of a new class of product that uses computing technology to shape sound. Already on the market are headphones that can cancel extraneous noises and stereo systems that can direct sound to a particular location.

Source: The New York Times

TGIF - It's HR
Strange But True
Get your weekend off to a great start with your own copy of HR Strange But True e-mailed to you each Friday as part of the HR Daily Advisor, absolutely free. Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories provided by HR Strange But True as well as a daily tip from the award winning HR Daily Advisor. Just enter your e-mail address and click "Go."
'HR Strange But True' Archive
View past articles by month and year
Copyright � 2017 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on
Document URL: