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AVC for Phone Ringer

Phone Ringer Automatically Adjusts Volume to Match Ambient Sound Level
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Tonight I came home from work, read my email, listened to the radio, and then I turned off everything. I leaned back in my chair, marvelling at the fact that the nine year old in the opposite apartment was not setting something on fire or throwing something down the stairs. The silence was indeed golden, until........RING! My cordless phone, which was about 3 feet away, rang at what seemed to be about 3,988 decibels. I know, it was more like 80dB but that was probably 50dB louder than the sound level in the room at the time. It scared the bejesus out of me. I want a phone that can sense the noise level of the room it is in, and turn the volume of the ringer up or down to match.
nvrfastenuf, Dec 16 2003

Detox http://www.halfbake...diction_20-_20detox
The second Google link for "HB addiction", not the first. [Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004]

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       d'uh, WHY didn't someone think of this before? you sir, deserve more than my croissant, do you wanna job ?
neilp, Dec 16 2003
  

       It could get progressively louder on each ring, in case you have fallen asleep. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Dec 16 2003
  

       I might need one before long. Thanks.
nvrfastenuf, Dec 16 2003
  

       aah, I didn't realise they'd already done it for main volume, why the hell didn't they do it for ringtones ? <throw out of window>[neilp]'s spv</throw out of window>
neilp, Dec 16 2003
  

       //I might need one before long.// - don't worry, HB addiction gets better after about 5 months
neilp, Dec 16 2003
  

       HB addiction? <lost>
nvrfastenuf, Dec 16 2003
  

       I assumed you might need a new job due to HB addiction.... a foolish guess in the wrong direction.
neilp, Dec 16 2003
  

       It's more than once my door buzzer has cut through my carefully-orchestrated calm like an electrified knife. Top idea. A subtle cough for the first buzz would suffice, followed by a tiny, tinny voice saying "excuse me..?" on the second. I'm fed up of almost messing myself whenever I'm relaxing and friends pop round unexpectedly. Loud, harsh electric noise when you're not expecting it is almost the same as a powerful electric shock, in my experience.
lostdog, Dec 16 2003
  

       OH, Gamma hydroxy butyrate. Nope. Nothing stronger than the occasional wine cooler. More like I'm getting divorced. Need second job to pay alimony.
nvrfastenuf, Dec 16 2003
  

       [World] yeah, I def. meant HB rather than GHB addiction ho hum.
neilp, Dec 16 2003
  

       They've taken to calling it GBH in my neck of the woods. And for good reason, too, apparently.
lostdog, Dec 16 2003
  

       Such a great idea. Unless this person's lying on their resume, this has been done, though I'm guessing it was done as a student project. (link 3)
half, Dec 16 2003
  

       <Unless this person's lying on their resume, this has been done> So, I can throw away this patent application??????
nvrfastenuf, Dec 16 2003
  

       Thought sure someone had posted a cell phone version of this here, but I can't find it.
waugsqueke, Dec 16 2003
  

       My cordless phone starts quietly and gets louder. It's a BT Freestyle 1000.
oneoffdave, Dec 17 2003
  

       Good idea - but as the name implies, nvrfastenuf. Damn.
Don't let it bug you - can't tell you how many brilliant ideas I've had that turned out to be 'baked via Google's Mindreading idea-stealers.
thumbwax, Dec 17 2003
  

       A single notation on someone's online resume and it's baked? I don't think so. +
grip, Dec 17 2003
  

       neilp - I think you're suffering from HBPSD (see link)
goff, Jul 30 2004
  
      
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