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Hyper-Sonic Sound System (HSS), a Device That Can Put Words Inside Your Head

Hyper-Sonic Sound System (HSS), a Device That Can Put Words Inside Your Head from 100 Yards Away

Hearing is Believing

Woody Norris wants to tell you something—and he can put the words inside your head from 100 yards away. Is his invention sound, or just a pipe dream?

By Jamie Reno and N’gai Croal
NEWSWEEK

Aug.5 issue — In this post-Enron era, there aren’t too many CEOs who will cheerfully volunteer to a reporter, “My company’s never made a dime!” But the American Technology Corp.’s Elwood (Woody) Norris isn’t your typical CEO.

BLESSED WITH THE bone-crunching handshake of a used-car salesman, the R-rated vocabulary of a drill sergeant and the potential innovative genius of a Thomas Edison (Norris’s previous claim to fame was creating a forerunner to the sonogram), Norris has an enthusiasm for his latest contraption that’s infectious.

He’s standing in a corner of his cluttered San Diego office, holding a gizmo that looks something like a retro-futuristic waffle iron with a portable CD player Velcroed to its back. “Are you ready?” he asks, then points his invention directly at the head of someone who’s just entered the room 10 feet away. “Now, can you hear it? Can you hear it? Isn’t that unbelievable?” What the person across the room hears is, well, unbelievable: all of a sudden, the sound of a waterfall has materialized in his head. And, it turns out, no one else in the room can hear it but him. It’s as if the sound is coming out of thin air. As Keanu Reeves said in “The Matrix”: whoa.

After more than a decade of trial and error and about $30 million in R&D, the 63-year-old Norris may be on the verge of changing the world as we hear it—and making some major money to boot. The Hyper-Sonic Sound System (HSS), as he calls it, can take an audio signal from virtually any source—home stereo, TV, computer, microphone, etc.—and convert it to an ultrasonic frequency that can be directed like a beam of light toward a target up to 100 yards away. Picture a car where parents can listen to the Eagles while their kids wild out to Eminem in the back seat. This is big audio dynamite—possibly the biggest breakthrough since modern speakers were conceived 77 years ago—and Norris knows it. “It’s rare when you have a Thomas Edison who actually gets fame and success in his own lifetime,” he says with customary modesty. “This is a big, honkin’ hit.”
What’s the secret? In the range that human beings can hear, sound scatters in all directions, like the light from an open flame. Traditional speakers work by moving air; they rapidly vibrate the flexible cones in your speakers to form sound waves. But no single speaker can accurately reproduce the —full range of audible sound (approximately 20Hz to 20,000Hz), so loudspeakers rely on separate units—large woofers for low frequencies, small tweeters for high frequencies and midrange speakers for the middle of the audio spectrum—to re-create the whole range of sound. That works fairly well, but it also has some drawbacks, most notably distortion from the multiple sound fields that become increasingly apparent as you pump up the volume.

Instead of using a vibrating membrane like traditional speakers, the HSS technology electronically converts audible tones into a pair of ultrasonic waves at frequencies far beyond human hearing. But when the ultrasonic waves interact after being processed by Norris’s creation, they reproduce the original audible frequency. Even better, since the audible frequency is being carried by those ultrasonic signals, it’s highly directional. That means you can effectively “shine” a spot of sound wherever you want it. What Norris has done over 10 years is to figure out a relatively inexpensive way to combine the two ultrasonic signals to produce the desired sound. Two weeks ago ATC start- ed limited production, and the company’s small lab is already strewn with the devices. Prices are expected to range from $600 to $900 per unit, depending on size.

It’s easy to see how HSS could make some magic. Imagine a home theater system optimized not for your entire living room but for the club chair that you kick back in. Or a giant nightclub with several different music areas on the dance floor, none of them overlapping. But Norris has $30 million in costs to recoup, and HSS isn’t yet perfected for the lower tones prevalent in music. So some of the cooler stuff will have to wait while he hooks up with retailers and the U.S. military for “Minority Report”-style applications: vending machines that call out to you as you walk by; sonic “guns” that can incapacitate the enemy with 150 decibels of sound without deafening the good guys. One person who came away impressed is U.S. Marine Capt. Todd Gillingham, after a recent demonstration for more than 40 military and law-enforcement representatives. “For instance, it can send the tape-recorded sound of a tank or explosion to another area to throw the enemy off,” he says. “I don’t know about us acquiring this technology in any large quantities at this point, but I do think it has great potential.”

Elwood (Woody) Norris may be on the verge of changing the world as we hear it
That’s music to the longtime inventor’s ears. After Norris sold his first patent for $330,000 in the early ’60s, he quit college and never looked back. His subsequent efforts range from an all-in-one earpiece-microphone for hands-free mobile-phone use (sold to another company for $1.5 million), the world’s smallest AM-FM radio (a modest success) and a personal aviation device (a James Bond-like mini-helicopter that has gotten off the ground, but has yet to truly take off). All this and more can be perused at woodynorris.com, his hilariously self-promotional Web site, where every article ever written about him or his products—from publications like Popular Mechanics and BusinessWeek to Playboy and Gallery—has been carefully scanned and posted. And Norris’s outsize dreams extend to Hollywood; he likes to show off his sci-fi screenplay about—surprise—the world’s greatest physicist.

Not everyone is a believer in the San Diego inventor. A local newspaper characterized him as “a dream spinner who regularly disappointed Wall Street with glowing predictions for various electronic products that subsequently flopped.” Floyd Toole, vice president of acoustical engineering at the high-fidelity audio company Harman International, met with Norris several years ago and remains skeptical. “It’s a party trick,” says Toole about HSS. “We don’t believe it represents a paradigm shift in mass-market audio.” Perhaps Norris’s harshest critic is former MIT Media Lab researcher Joseph Pompei, who’s developed a rival product under the name Audio Spotlight (automaker DaimlerChrysler is evaluating it in some concept cars) and accuses Norris of everything from taking credit for the work of others to dubious business practices, all of which Norris denies. “For over a decade, [Norris has] promoted impressive-sounding technology of which he has very little evidence of real understanding,” says Pompei. Norris shoots back: “His unit is where we were five years ago.”

“You know Panasonic’s slogan ‘Just slightly ahead of our time’?” Norris asks. “Everything I’ve ever invented has been about 10 years ahead of its time. I know the reputation I have in San Diego: that I take too long on these things, that nothing I’ve invented has ever made money. Well, this will be my vindication.” The world will be watching—and listening.

© 2002 Newsweek, Inc.

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Parole Hearing For Manson Follower

Parole Hearing For Manson Follower
Wednesday June 5, 2002 2:10 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – A judge ordered a new parole hearing for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, saying her good behavior behind bars should be considered.

Superior Court Judge Bob N. Krug also suggested Monday that the state Board of Prison Terms provide further guidance on other things she can do to earn her freedom.

The judge said last month that the board had not given specific reasons for denying parole to Van Houten, who was convicted of a double slaying in the 1960s.

The state board has rejected parole for Van Houten 13 times, most recently in June 2000. Board members said she could benefit from further therapy in prison.

A new parole review was scheduled for later this month, a spokesman for the state prison system said.

Van Houten’s lawyer, Christie Webb, declined to comment, saying she wanted to discuss the decision with her client first.

Van Houten, now 52, was a teen-ager when she was convicted in the slayings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. She was a part of the Charles Manson cult that also murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in the summer of 1969 – one of California’s most notorious crimes.

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High school testing eyed for schizophrenia signs

High school testing eyed for schizophrenia signs
By Ellen Barry, Globe Staff, 5/25/2002

PHILADELPHIA – Hoping to head off the most debilitating of mental illnesses before it strikes, Yale University researchers are laying plans to search for a secret hidden in the brains of ninth-graders: In every group of 100 students, one will go on to develop schizophrenia.

For generations, schizophrenia has been diagnosed in late adolescence, after lives and relationships are already damaged by its painful early stages. In a scattering of research centers, including Yale’s, excitement is building around the possibility that doctors can spot ”pre-psychotic” symptoms and intervene in ways that could delay or weaken the onset of schizophrenia. Yale psychiatrists have been in talks with Connecticut schools to introduce a screen for high school freshmen.

But the idea of such early screening is contentious. Critics warn that it may be too early to identify people in the general population as being at risk for psychosis – both because prediction is still inexact and because there is no consensus on how to treat people who have not yet developed full-blown symptoms. Once a person is identified as at risk for schizophrenia, the most promising interventions – low-dose antipsychotic drugs – carry their own set of risks.

”We have to be cautious,” said Jim McNulty, president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. ”We don’t know the long-term effects of medications on the human brain. It’s a trade-off.”

A Yale research center called Prevention through Risk Identification, Management and Education , or PRIME, is developing a possible student screen now, although Dr. Thomas McGlashan, PRIME’s chief investigator, said general screening was still some time in the future. ”We’re talking about a year from now” at the soonest, he said.

Schizophrenia, which afflicts 2.2 million Americans, tends to strike men in their late teens and early 20s and women slightly later, and rarely appears in older people. At the heart of the Yale plan is a tantalizing possibility: that early treatment with antipsychotics during that ”window of vulnerability” could protect them until the age when vulnerabililty lessens.

On Thursday, McGlashan presented hopeful new results at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

”There is evidence to suggest that intervention in this stage can have a preventive effect,” McGlashan said.

McGlashan is a year from the end of a clinical drug trial in which 60 patients thought to be at risk for schizophrenia are administered either sugar pills or the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa as a prophylactic measure. After eight weeks of treatment, the Zyprexa group had only half the level of psychotic symptoms as the placebo group, said researcher Scott Woods.

Those in the Zyprexa group also gained an average of 10 pounds in the eight-week period, contrasting to an average one-pound weight gain in the placebo group.

McGlashan has been under scrutiny for his research on pre-onset schizophrenia in the past, in large part because of the risks in giving powerful antipsychotic drugs to young people who are not diagnosed with any mental illness. Two years ago, he was cited by federal regulators for various ethical violations, including failing to fully inform participants of risks.

In the frustrating world of mental health care, early intervention has become a watchword, and Connecticut school officials have said they are eager to break ground by adding mental health to their roster of preventive health programs.

”We looked at it much like we look at eye screens and that sort of thing,” said Nancy Pugliese, who coordinates substance abuse prevention programs for the Connecticut public schools.

As part of that effort, Larry Davidson, a psychologist from the PRIME center, plans to begin an outreach program in the fall, teaching ninth-graders the early signs of psychosis, bipolar disorder, and other mental disorders. Both schools and parents must agree for students to be enrolled in the course, he said. When PRIME develops an accurate screen for pre-onset schizophrenia, it will be administered as part of the course, said Tandy Miller, the PRIME psychiatrist developing the screen.

Catching serious mental illness early is a wonderful opportunity, said Paul Appelbaum, chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts and president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association.

”If we can actually intervene and try to prevent psychosis in half the people we’re treating, isn’t that a terrific accomplishment?” Appelbaum said.

The trouble, he said, is that even specialists are only right about half the time when they predict who is going to develop schizophrenia.

Patrick McGorry, who heads the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre in Victoria, Australia, found that 40 percent of adolescents he identified as ”pre-psychotic” experienced the onset of schizophrenia within a year.

McGlashan’s early results – published in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry – show that 54 percent of 13 patients identified as pre-psychotic had developed schizophrenia within a year.

Therein lies the problem for potential screening. For the subjects who are incorrectly identified as pre-psychotic, the identification itself could be life-changing, Appelbaum said.

”Does it impact on your ability to get health insurance?” he said. ”What about the self-stigma? You may begin to think of yourself as somebody who is going to be schizophrenic.

Davidson said that stigma will be reduced through the educational efforts PRIME plans to start in September, funded by a $99,000 grant from the National Alliance for Research of Schizophrenia and Depression. A similar educational effort in the classrooms and movie theaters of Norway had significant effects: the average delay from the first episode of psychosis to treatment went from 21/2 years to 2 months. The average delay before treatment in the United States is two years, largely because of a lack of awareness of the symptoms of mental illness, he said.

If Connecticut high school students were identified as at risk for psychosis, teenagers and their families would be carefully monitored, possibly at the PRIME clinic or a planned affiliate clinic in Hartford, McGlashan said.

But doctors can not confidently advise any preventive treatment at the moment. Although there are numerous experimental treatments being explored for pre-onset psychosis – such as antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy – no method has been broadly tested as a preventive measure.

”You don’t recommend any treatment unless you’ve got a thorough evaluation,” Davidson said. ”The state of knowledge right now is that you would not make” the recommendation to prescribe antipsychotics.

One observer said it is crucial that a broad screening tool not be used to nudge subjects toward an experimental treatment.

”The assumption always is that screening does no harm,” said Steven Hyman, who stepped down as the director of the National Institute of Mental Health to become Harvard’s provost. But screening for depression, a common disease for which treatment is reasonably safe and effective, is different from screening for a disease that is difficult to identify and treat.

”We don’t have proven ways of knowing who is schizophrenic, and the risk-benefit ratio of treating them prior to onset of serious symptoms is not established,” Hyman said.

Ellen Barry can be reached at barry@globe.com

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If your brain’s been bugged, give a listen to this album

The Plain Dealer on Cleveland.com, May 9, 2002,
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Music News

If your brain’s been bugged, give a listen to this album
05/09/02

John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

As a member of the Kinks, rock ‘n’ roller Dave Davies was a key figure in the British Invasion of the 1960s. Now he’s into space invaders.

For his latest solo project, ‘Bug’, the singer-guitarist has cooked up a doozy of a concept album about how our lives are manipulated by mind- controlling implants. And who planted those nasty devices in our noggins, you ask? Why, the aliens, of course!

“It’s tongue in cheek,” Davies says, not entirely convincingly. He’ll perform tonight at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, backed by a four-piece band.

‘Bug’, which came out Tuesday, is “a metaphor for getting rid of all the negative things holding us back,” Davies says during a recent phone interview. “It’s very much a rock ‘n’ roll record. … But I also try to address some issues, like electromagnetic pollution.”

The title track, “True Phenomenon,” “Whose [sic] Foolin’ Who” and other new tunes embrace sci-fi themes and conspiracy theories, with plenty of crunchy, Kinks-style power chords ringing out throughout the album. If the Weekly World News ran CD reviews, this one would get five stars.

The 55-year-old Davies “very much” believes we are not alone in the universe. “I’ve been fairly involved with some UFO research groups over the years,” says this dedicated follower of paranormal activity.

Apparently, extraterrestrials have been fairly involved with Davies, too. In his autobiography, ‘Kink’, he recounts how “strange voices” struck up a telepathic conversation with him before a 1982 concert.

“The intelligences did not tell me who they were,” he writes, “but two of them said they had always been my spirit guides and two others were entities that were not of this Earth, but were involved in missions here as watchers and nurturers of our race.”

Twenty years later, Davies is still coming to terms with his “epiphany,” as he describes the close encounter. “I was fortunate to have been given a lot of information all at once,”
he says. “It takes a long time for some of this stuff to actually seep into the conscious mind…. It’s all related to my personal growth, to a consciousness shift.”

On a less metaphysical note, the good news for Kinks fans is that Davies recently has been communicating (via e-mail, not telepathically) with his sibling rival Ray, the band’s frontman.

“We’re not quite sure what to do, but we definitely want to work together on something,” Davies says. “I don’t want it to be a purely retro thing. I’d like it to be something new.”

The oft-bickering brothers haven’t teamed up for a Kinks album since “To the Bone,” released in 1994 in their native England and two years later in the United States. It featured stripped-down reworkings of “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the
Night” and other classic-rock keepers from the Kinks catalog. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Alongside selections from ‘Bug’, Davies has been dusting off Kinks favorites during his solo gigs.

“I’m very proud to be associated with such a body of work,” he says. “Ray and I work best when we give each other space to create… I’ve always tried to nurture his ideas, because he’s a special person, as well as being an [expletive].”

Contact John Soeder at:

jsoeder@plaind.com, 216-999-4562

Police ‘to get stink bombs’

Police ‘to get stink bombs’

BY MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT

A VERY offensive weapon could soon be added to
military and police arsenals: a potent ?stink bomb?
that overpowers rioters and demonstrators with
foul-smelling odours is being developed by scientists
in the United States.

The Pentagon has commissioned researchers to design a
universally unpleasant stench that incapacitates
people with nausea, while leaving them otherwise
unharmed, as an alternative to water cannon, rubber
bullets and teargas.

The stink bomb emits a reek of rotting rubbish, human
faeces and burning hair that stops people in their
tracks. The idea is to use it as a non-lethal weapon
for crowd and riots control without causing any
long-term injuries. Present methods have drawbacks:
teargas and CS gas can cause breathing troubles,
rubber bullets can kill; water cannon can cause impact
injuries.

Scientists at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in
Philadelphia have been awarded a major contract by the
US Department of Defence to create the rancid odour.
Details of their research are published today in
Chemical and Engineering News, journal of the American
Chemical Society.