Woody Norris’ HSS Inventions

HSS = HyperSonic Sound:

How HSS Works
At the source, in the circuitry of the emitter, audio frequencies are “stirred together,” as Norris puts it, with ultrasonic frequencies and then sent out as a “composite frequency” that is inaudible to the human ear. The sound “hitches a ride on the ultrasonic frequency,” Norris says, which travels in a laserlike beam in whatever direction it is pointed. “And here’s the beauty part,” he says. “The air molecules themselves convert this ultrasonic frequency back down to a frequency that can be heard.” So unlike sound that travels on radio waves and has to be converted by your stereo’s receiver, you simply need to be standing in the path of an HSS beam in order to hear the sound.

Which sounds remarkably similar to something in a post below, “The Science of Stacking.” Of course I’d read part of the main article before, but did not consciously put it together nor read, I think that sidebar.

Note that this may mean they can send ultrasound great distances. Kids, SONY’s ultrasound patent (link at right) is bigtime the scariest mind control device apart from making someone into a fullblown robot. It can literally project sensory data onto your neocortex. That is, make you sense whatever is being played over it. Maybe even think whatever they want. This was I believe what was central to Squidgate as I stated over in Wicked Game. (Game over, man!).

NY Magazine, “The Sound of Things to Come”, Marsha Sella, March 23, 2003

No one ever notices what’s going on at a Radio Shack. Outside a lonely branch of the electronics store, on a government-issue San Diego day in a strip mall where no one is noticing much of anything, a bluff man with thinning, ginger hair and preternaturally white teeth is standing on the pavement, slowly waving a square metal plate toward people strolling in the distance. “Watch that lady over there,” he says, unable to conceal his boyish pride for the gadget in his giant hand. “This is really cool.”

Woody Norris aims the silvery plate at his quarry. A burly brunette 200 feet away stops dead in her tracks and peers around, befuddled. She has walked straight into the noise of a Brazilian rain forest — then out again. Even in her shopping reverie, here among the haircutters and storefront tax-preparers and dubious Middle Eastern bistros, her senses inform her that she has just stepped through a discrete column of sound, a sharply demarcated beam of unexpected sound. “Look at that,” Norris mutters, chuckling as the lady turns around. “She doesn’t know what hit her.”

Norris is demonstrating something called HyperSonic Sound (HSS). The aluminum plate is connected to a CD player and an odd amplifier — actually, a very odd and very new amplifier — that directs sound much as a laser beam directs light. Over the past few years, mainly in secret, he has shown the device to more than 300 major companies, and it has slackened a lot of jaws. In December, the editors of Popular Science magazine bestowed upon HSS its grand prize for new inventions of 2002, choosing it over the ferociously hyped Segway scooter. It is no exaggeration to say that HSS represents the first revolution in acoustics since the loudspeaker was invented 78 years ago — and perhaps only the second since pilgrims used “whispering tubes” to convey their dour messages.

Then, from his website to applications of his work, sound amplifiers capable of sending clear sound up to 5.5 miles:


If they can do that, they can project “silent sound”, that is subliminal audio messages as well. Just probably not from space (Sorry, Jimmy Shao).

And my favorite, cellphones are capable of knowing a lot more about what we are up to than I would have ever guessed.


Sensor information including acceleration, audio, image, light level, location, magnetic field, orientation, proximity, temperature, and video information are all available in modern mobile devices. Nunchi transparently samples these sensors and transmits certain information to one or more remote servers for processing. Nunchi servers compile sensor information through time and construct basic template models of user’s needs through the actions and reactions to the activities and interactions represented by the current and historic sensor data.

The first obvious question is how much can really be determined about a user’s activities and requirements — the answer is plenty. It’s difficult to explain how the data is actually processed but let’s use a simple descriptive example for illustration. Two brothers are riding their bikes home from school. Nunchi identifies the rhythmic swaying of the bikes as they pedal as well as their average speed. Nunchi also sees that both boys are on their normal path home. Nunchi can see the boys are bumping into each other, and at one point in the ride the youngest falls off of his bike. When he quickly gets back on his bike and starts pedaling rapidly, Nunchi sees that the fall is directly related to the boys’ roughhousing, but since the boy is not injured Nunchi classifies the event as a non-emergency.
What has just been described is not an “application”. It is just one of the hundreds of thousands of classifications that Nunchi can deliver and while some classifications are generalized many classifications are based on the user’s unique characteristics and needs.

Now that’s a prime example of tech being a lot further along than people’s perception of it. An example of Clarke’s Third Law. Siri™, you holdout bitch, where are we really? (Same company made a precursor to Apple’s GPS/PDA chatty Cathy).

Should Aaron Alexis have used “HSS” instead of “ELF”?


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