Video: Bluetooth, the next generation

posted at 9:14 am on March 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

Or, if you prefer, “Telepathy, the first generation.” It’s proof of how impoverished my own imagination is that the only use I could think of for this at first blush was chatting in movie theaters. Stick with it past the demonstration and they’ll clue you in on a few handier applications.

Can the big A really be this close to his dream of interfacing with the iPhone solely through his mind?

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Booyah.

Dr. Manhattan on March 14, 2008 at 9:20 AM

How could that not have a “Dude” in the title?

sweeper on March 14, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Do you mean to tell me that telling my wife to shut up won’t work anymore??

OldEnglish on March 14, 2008 at 9:28 AM

So…

“We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us.”

…when do I get connected to the Hive?

regal on March 14, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Ya know, that second feature where you can connect to the internet via the thought process is going to make trivial pursuit night very boring.

sweeper on March 14, 2008 at 9:33 AM

sweeper

In the future that game will no longer exist. Instead people will play Pursuit of Immortality.

Dr. Manhattan on March 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM

In the future that game will no longer exist. Instead people will play Pursuit of Immortality.

Dr. Manhattan on March 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM

That doesn’t sound like a fun drinking game.

sweeper on March 14, 2008 at 9:38 AM

“If you can capture what a person wants to say before they actually say it…”

Imagine it at the next Dem debate!

BJ* on March 14, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Just another tool for the left to monitor your thoughts so they can send you off to re-education camps.

madmonkphotog on March 14, 2008 at 9:46 AM

problem with the “collective knowledge” of the internet, is there is a lot of wrong info on the net….alot

jp on March 14, 2008 at 9:47 AM

I want one

LimeyGeek on March 14, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I could see that coming in handy for our Special Ops guys for times when silence is absolutely necessary.

IreneFingIrene on March 14, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Your technology frightens and confuses me.

ronsfi on March 14, 2008 at 9:53 AM

I could see that coming in handy for our Special Ops guys for times when silence is absolutely necessary.

IreneFingIrene on March 14, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Except for the ringing of the phone, and cold play’s latest hits give away your position.

right2bright on March 14, 2008 at 9:57 AM

You would have to know when to turn it off, or put the mental brakes on – you don’t want this device blurting out every thought you have!

LimeyGeek on March 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Doesn’t seem to work very well. Good.

ParisParamus on March 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

You would have to know when to turn it off, or put the mental brakes on – you don’t want this device blurting out every thought you have!

LimeyGeek on March 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Would give the phrase “Oh,was that out loud?” whole new meaning…

Frozen Tex on March 14, 2008 at 10:05 AM

So,if this is working on the neuronal command to the vocal chords, why aren’t the vocal chords obeying the commands?

snaggletoothie on March 14, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Dude.

umm….that’s all I can say. Dude.

Tim on March 14, 2008 at 10:27 AM

If his vocal chords aren’t being used then how is his voice, with inflection, being broadcast? How does it sound the same as his voice? Just askin’ is all.

rihar on March 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Hmm…

If I uttered the first words that come to mind or those initial thoughts where immediately translated into speech…

Two main things would happen:
1. I would get slapped a lot.
2. I would get in a lot of fights.

But then this question:

So,if this is working on the neuronal command to the vocal chords, why aren’t the vocal chords obeying the commands?

snaggletoothie on March 14, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Probably much like a good ventriloquist in that the vocal chords are obeying the commands, or at least there are nerve impulses of some kind interacting with the neck device.

Lawrence on March 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM

So if Eliot Spitzer is walking down the street wearing one of these devices and he just thinks the word “action”, does he then get a listing of all the brothels within a 10 block radius?

pilamaye on March 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM

snaggletoothie on March 14, 2008 at 10:12 AM
and rihar on March 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Basically, the vocal chords ARE being used. However, speaking is much more than just twanging your voice box. There is throat shape and aperture, and mouth and tongue movement as well.

If you keep your throat mostly closed (in “silent breathing” mode) and your mouth shut and tongue still, the most sound you will get is a sort of gulping and grunting sound, mixed with some low vowel sounds. Reasonably quiet, and with some practice you could probably reduce even that to a minimum.

Very interesting technology

wearyman on March 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Every action you take is actually sent twice through your nerves; once as a preparatory command, with a millisecond delay to decide whether to actually execute (the scientific proof of free will) and a second time as an actual command to move.
Apparently, this device can pick up the first, non-committed signal.

q2600 on March 14, 2008 at 10:43 AM

So if you are walking down the street and think “where is the nearest pizza joint”. Just as the internet connection starts to interpret what you are thinking…a very attractive young woman walks by and steals your attention for a moment…

I’m curious what effect that would have on the search results.

King of Fools on March 14, 2008 at 10:45 AM

This will end badly. My mind tends to wander. Especially when addressing an attractive any female. Not good.

ronsfi on March 14, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I dunno, I don’t like the thought of people walking around holding their cellphones without talking. Freaks me out thinking about it. Only slightly more than the seeing people using their hands-free, appearing to talk to themselves when they’re actually on the phone.

Seixon on March 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM

AP, MM ain’t gonna buy this either!!! (try sneaking it onto the old expense account).

pueblo1032 on March 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Wasn’t there an elevator like this in Hitchiker’s guide?

TexasDan on March 14, 2008 at 11:50 AM

These bastards are going to put the “Mom and Pop” ventriloquists out of business.

mikeyboss on March 14, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Creepy and headed off the wrong direction.

tickleddragon on March 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Jane and Andrew Wiggin would approve ;-)

aikidoka on March 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM

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Oops, sorry. Looks like that bluetooth/thought thing doesnt work so well yet.

AverageJoe on March 14, 2008 at 3:34 PM

I see slamming applications for lame/disfunctional card counters to have a computer help them…

The ALS thing is HUGE – I’ve been around folks afflicted, and boy would it return some dignity.

SkinnerVic on March 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM

My wife had a tracheotomy placed for a few months in 2002.

I could not lip read worth a damn. Eventually they got a special valve to go over the trache tube. This would have been a miracle for her. It would be a God send to quadriplegics who are often trached for their whole lives.

Of course, I could all ways take the valve OFF to shut her up….

(My wife was fighting Non-hodgkins lymphoma, and spent over 6 months in the hospital… She’s been cancer free since summer of 02. And she breaths on her own…)

darkpixel on March 14, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Well, maybe S&M enthusiasts won’t mind wearing a friggin’ dog collar as a mobile phone..

But it has potential, no doubt

Reaps on March 14, 2008 at 8:50 PM