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Vocalize sounds without your voicebox

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Augmenting | 2 Comments

Nic Wallenberg’s The Human Speaker is a curious electrical collar that allows you to vocalize electronic sounds without using your voicebox.

Usually when singing or speaking, vibrations originating in the voice box are transported up the throat to the mouth, before emanating from the lips as sound waves.

The Human Speaker works much the same way, except the collar, rather than voice box, is the source of the vibrations. The pitch of the notes that emerge is determined by the collar, which, Wallenberg writes, can produce up to two notes at a time. Wearers can manipulate the sound with their mouths much as they would normally.

Wallenberg points out that the two-note limit can be cheated if you have multiple collars, or access to a camera and some video-editing software, apparently, judging from the below.

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2 Comments

  1. The Human Speaker electrical collar #WearableWednesday « adafruit industries blog
    August 21, 2013

    [...] The Human Speaker would be a epic house party accessory, especially if you would like to be like Finn from Adventure Time. The Human Speaker works much the same way, except the collar, rather than voice box, is the source of the vibrations. The pitch of the notes that emerge is determined by the collar, which, Wallenberg writes, can produce up to two notes at a time. Wearers can manipulate the sound with their mouths much as they would normally. [...]

  2. Community Corner: Your Very Own Life Size, 3D Printed, Open Source Humonoid Robot and 12 Other Projects from This Week in Adafruit’s Community « adafruit industries blog
    August 24, 2013

    [...] Nic Wallenberg created an unusual Human Speaker: “The Human Speaker works much the same way, except the collar, rather than voice box, is the source of the vibrations. The pitch of the notes that emerge is determined by the collar, which, Wallenberg writes, can produce up to two notes at a time. Wearers can manipulate the sound with their mouths much as they would normally. (read more) [...]

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