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The history of the Neurophone
 

   Patrick Flanagan developed the first Neurophone when he was 14. He was awarded a gold medal by the Academy of Achievement for his invention and became known as a “child prodigy”. The renowned LIFE MAGAZINE published an article about the young inventor of the Neurophone. He then received thousands of letters and inquiries form all over the world. Some were only addressed to “Pat Flanagan, inventor, Texas”.

   After struggling with the authorities for year, Patrick Flanagan finally received a patent for the Neurophone, after having shown that a deaf patent office employee was able to listen to music again with the device. The brochure for another Neurophone patent was confiscated by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for four years for reasons of national security, as they sensed the possible impact of Flanagan's invention.

   Later on, a specially designed Neurophone was the basis for a project on which several scientists collaborated with a research institution of the U.S. Navy: Human-dolphin communication and a human-dolphin language translator. This device made it possible to decode the human language and create complex dolphin whistle signals.

   Dolphins communicate in the ultrasound range, which is beyond the human audibility limit. The device translated dolphins' whistles into human language and vice versa. The dolphin project team successfully analyzed the code-decode system with which the human brain interprets language and discovered how the brain localizes sound waves in a three-dimensional space.

   Patrick Flanagan has continually improved the Neurophone for many years. A revamped and new version of an older model, the Neurophone NF3, was launched on the market in autumn 2012. It is a compact and light-weight model that can be connected to external sound sources. The Neurophone DSP and Neurophone GRS models are not produced any more.

To learn more about the history of the Neurophone, please have a look at Dr. Flanagans article.

 

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