#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, January 23rd, 2014 16:16
#2 By: Michele, January 23rd, 2014 16:23
You can try a device like this at the Exploratorium in SF.
#3 By: David Forbes, January 23rd, 2014 16:25
Eventually, he'll hear things where they are supposed to be. The brain is like that. See George Stratton and his image inverting goggles.
#4 By: Diana John, January 23rd, 2014 16:28
I did this with a JVC HM-200E binaural headphone/microphone in college. I convinced people to try it on and then go out into the dorm lobby and interact with other people. It is very disorienting. When a slight delay was added between the mic and speakers it really seemed like the wearer was drunk...
#5 By: Tom, January 23rd, 2014 16:34
Disorienting noises from multiple sources... this really sounds like my hell.
#6 By: SpeedRacer, January 23rd, 2014 16:54
It looks so wonderfully Dr. Seuss.
#7 By: Eksrae, January 23rd, 2014 18:16
Dang; being deaf in one ear makes me feel left out.
#8 By: Sam Stacklin, January 23rd, 2014 18:34
Where they've had them for a good couple of decades.
#9 By: leidentech, January 24th, 2014 01:32
And here I thought it was illustrating a man in the middle attack.
#10 By: Itsumishi, January 24th, 2014 03:50
But with this, you'll be deaf in the opposite ear!
#11 By: Paul Sampson, January 24th, 2014 05:00
And instead of feeling left out he'll be right out.
#12 By: W Vann Hall, January 24th, 2014 06:27
Under the moniker "the electronic pseudophone," this was one of the best-known "Bice devices" created by the late U Va psychology professor Raymond Bice (1918-2011), and dates from at least the mid-70s.
#13 By: Alice Weir, January 24th, 2014 07:22
Yes. First thing that popped into my head, too. Although, there is one twist here. We do not process all frequencies with both ears. So, at least the volume of certain sounds would always be off. This would akin to seeing red with one eye, and blue wth the other. everything would flip upright once your brain got trained to it, but I have no idea what all happens when your freq sensors get flip-flopped like that.
#14 By: Richard_Kirk, January 24th, 2014 07:33
Selfridge's window also has an amazing cello rigged as a sailing ship. I can't find a picture of that on the web.
#15 By: Mark Frauenfelder, January 28th, 2014 16:16
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