The first Neurophone was made when Patrick was only 14 years old, in 1958. The following year, Flanagan gave a lecture at the Houston Amateur Radio Club, where he demonstrated the possibilities of his invention.
The day after the lecture a reporter called him from the Houston Post. He asked whether it would be possible to try the Neurophone on his relative, who is deaf as a result of spinal cord meningitis. The experiment was very successful. And the very next day after a successful experiment, an article appeared on neurophone as a potential hearing aid for the deaf.
Fame grew every year. In 1961, correspondents from Life magazine literally settled in the house of Patrick. They took about a thousand shots, following him everywhere, wherever he went. The article appeared September 14, 1962. In the article, Patrick was named by no less than one of America’s leading scientists.
After this publication, Patrick was invited to star in the Gary Moore TV program “I’ve got a Secret Show” (I have one secret). Broadcast television was conducted from the studio NBC in New York to a multimillion-dollar audience. During the transfer, in front of the whole of America, young Patrick fitted Neurophone’s electrodes onto the charming … ass of fashion model Bess Meyerson, while she was trying to guess what he was doing to her.
As a result, the model was able to hear a poem recorded by another guest of the TV show, Andy Griffith. During the reproduction of the poem, Griffith’s voice sounded as if inside Miss Mierson’s head (just think what a connection!), But she couldn’t understand what she had done to her in the end. As a result of an article in Life magazine and TV shows, Patrick received over a million letters.
Nevertheless, the expert of the Patent Bureau insisted that this device could not work in principle and refused to register the patent until 1967. Only after Patrick and his lawyer appeared with the current model in the patent office, the matter got off the ground. The expert, however, stated that he would register a patent only after Patrick, with the help of his device, made him hear one deaf clerk from this office. Fortunately, the clerk heard and the patent for the Neurophone was finally registered.
Soon Patrick met two scientists who became his friends for many years. They were Dr. Henri Marie Conda (Dr. Henri Marie Coanda), father of hydrodynamics, and G. Harry Stine, a scientist and author of many books. Harry Steen wrote the book “Silicone Gods” (Silicon Gods. – Bantam Books), which was dedicated to Neurophone, as a potential interface between the brain and the computer.
The next stage of research began at Tufts University, where Patrick Flanagan began working as a research scientist. He was involved in a project to develop a communication system between a dolphin and a man.
Contracts were concluded with the United States Naval Artillery Test Station (United States Naval Ordnance Test Station) located on China Lake Lake in California. Patrick’s close friend and business partner Dr. Dwight Wayne Batteau, a professor of physics and engineering mechanics at Harvard and Tufts universities, was the scientific leader of the project.
In the course of the research, the voices of dolphins and whales were recorded on the high seas and a system was developed for identifying and accurately finding any marine mammals. This system used the same principles that the human brain uses to locate sound sources.
A person is able to locate sound sources due to the way in which the outer ear processes incoming sound signals (the outer ear is what we see. It collects and directs sound waves to the inner part of the ear). It is the outer ear that provides the so-called “party effect”.
“Party Effect” – the ability to highlight certain voices in a noisy company. This is possible due to the ability of our brain to determine the phase difference and then allocate a certain zone in space. So we can not only find out who is speaking, but also determine the location of the speaker.
To maintain special secrecy, “intimate conversations” are usually held in special “deaf” rooms with wooden floors and walls. A bug placed in such a room will collect all the reflections from the walls and this will significantly “score” the voice. Virtually all embassies have such “deaf” rooms for relevant conversations. But if you put a “bug” in this room with a duplicate of the auricle, you can distinguish voices and get rid of the echo, just as you do at a party.