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Hum rings

Better nonverbal communications
 
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I was marveling at the miracle of the Star Wars Kid today, thinking that he rules. I was also thinking about how cool lightsaber noise is. Lightsabers make louder or softer "waummm" noises depending on how fast the Jedi swings them - and who knows, maybe angle, blade heat, midichlorianity and other jedi variables.

I propose rings that make the same noise. Each ring would have a small speaker and motion sensor, which could detect direction and speed of motion. You could wear one ring, one on each hand, or many. The prime application of these rings would be for people who use their hands to talk. If you watch for it, some people really get their hands swinging. The rings would hum awesomely along. People who got good at it would be like orchestral conductors, waving their hands and fighting a personal jedi clone war when they talk to you. When not talking, the rings would murmur and mumble to you as you write or otherwise use your hands. These rings would also be a nifty adjunct for sign language.

bungston, Aug 06 2003

Powerball, it hums. http://www.powerbal...pb_188c_orange.html
[Trodden, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Theremins http://www.thereminworld.com/learn.asp
seem relevant. [my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

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       and the perfect accessory for the SW fan who has everything
seedy em, Aug 06 2003
  

       I thought of a few actions that might make interesting noises. But I'm not going to list them.
Detly, Aug 06 2003
  

       Depending on the shade of lipstick, you can rub yourself raw washing off a hum ring.
wombat, Aug 07 2003
  

       And how!
DeathNinja, Aug 07 2003
  

       Reminds me of those gyro powerball things, they are bigger than the size you propose but they hum, and the tone changes as you move your hand but that is from Doppler effect, perhaps a few refinements and it could be implemented in a device the size of a ring. Only problem is the volume, the noise will be tiny.   

       You could have a kinetic power-source, and some form of harmonic resonance amplification perhaps. MAybe throw in a small flip-open-container for various sorts of poisons/narcotics, and then a laser cutter. That would be cool.
Trodden, Aug 07 2003
  

       Tony Blair would make good use of these.
silverstormer, Aug 07 2003
  

       I like the dreadlock application. For louder volume maybe hum bracelets would be necessary. [wombat], I am happy and sad for you at the same time.
bungston, Aug 07 2003
  

       This is a humdinger! I like. +
k_sra, Aug 12 2003
  

       <raises thumb in support>Nice one [bungston]</raises thumb in support>
neilp, Aug 12 2003
  
      
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