This technology is also ideally suited to fanatical fundamentalist churches, extremist political rallies, and, of course, drunken sorority parties. Listen to the voice in your head: "Go ahead...take it off...you know you want to..."
Ah... so that's why my investments in Tinfoil Haberdasheries just went through the roof.
Crap, I remember hearing about this shit in Tokoyo years ago; it finally made it here. That is the creepiest shit I have ever heard of and we should not accept it. Hmmmm.....how do you tear down a billboard?
@3, shoot out the speakers.
Too far...this goes too far.
With what advertising already does to voices in your head/self dialogue
(you're not good enough)
(you're nothing without this)
(you need this)
(you're a bad parent if you don't provide this)
it's strangely not that big of a departure from modern techniques =/
There was a good article about this in the NY Times magazine 4 years ago:
We should aim one at Fred Phelp's clan and pretend we're God talking to them! "Fred, leave the gays alone! You're going to hell, Fred. Fred, I'm coming to get yoooouuuuu....."
I can wait to get my hands on the "Mr. Microphone" version of this thing. Oh, the terrible, terrible things I would do....
I don't think this dog will hunt, as the saying goes.
For one thing, far too many people already have a plethora of sounds being beamed directly into their crania (?), albeit via the traditional method of the ear-canal, what with personal stereo/mp3 players, cellphones, blue-tooth headsets and whatnot. Enough people complaining that their telephone conversations or music listening is being disrupted by these "billboards", and the FCC, FTC, or some other government agency will either ban or severely restrict their usage.
After all, it's one thing to be constantly assaulted by advertisements as you're walking down the street, but at least you still have the option of not looking or turning up the volume on your own device. As I understand this new technology, you really don't have any similar option if you come within range of one of the transmitters, so it does, to a certain extent at least constitute an invasion of privacy - at least what little privacy we still have left outside of our own homes.
Who cares? Most peoples inner peace is wasted talking on their cell phones all the time.
When you call it an "invasion of privacy," you're assuming it can hear you think.
Does it disrupt your phone conversation or ipod listening, or does the ipod drown it out?
the line is drawn. this is fucking bullshit.
i impinges on my liberty & my pursuit of happiness. but, this being Murka, i bet its everywhere in a year, especially in malls, which are private space.
on public right of ways it will take 6 months longer.
describing it as being beamed directly to your cranium is a little misleading- From what I understand of this technology, it emits sound much like a laser emits light; in a focused beam, rather than a shotgun spray of sound like traditional speakers.
If this is the case, then it can easily be drowned out with an ipod or cellphone... In any case, I'd say it's an improvement over loudspeakers, since it only hits you in a small area.
For want of a blowtorch an intrusive billboard was saved.
This is so far beyond the line that I would actively help anyone seeking to get rid of this thing.
you can still hear your ipod -- the sound doesn't originate "in your head". it could be useful for venues located under new condos.
Kent, this is God. From now on, stop playing with yourself.
omg. that would scare the SHIT out of me.
Gotta agree that this isn't conducive to mental health, but its the idiots who by them when they are $10 that will be the problem. Remember when laser pointers came down in price? Couldn't goto a movie for months.
I don't think its much different that a traditional loudspeaker, people will get use to it and it will get regulated if its out of hand. Kinda like traditional speaker advertisements.
Leela: "Didn't you have ads in the 20th century?"
Fry: "Well sure, but not in our dreams! Only on tv and radio...and in magazines...and movies. And at ball games, on buses, and milk cartons, and t-shirts, and bananas, and written on the sky. But not in dreams! No sirree."
I think i would pee myself if this happened. And then be stuck on a sidewalk soaked in urine. Maybe afterwards i could peddle for change...
How quickly would these be banned if we used them to say, pester fat cats downtown, or rich suburbanites, or fascist public officals? Bring 'em on...I look forward to buying one of these.
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