Canadian electronics designer AE Innovations has created a helmet that makes it sound like you’re talking in “droidspeak.” Yes, that’s R2D2’s and BB8’s beeping, whirring droid language.

How It Works

First, an important detail. These helmets really do work, but like special effects – they are using some smoke and mirrors. The Droid “language” being emitted is meaningless gibberish. There is no actual translation happening. To get the effect, this is what happens behind the scenes:

The helmets sense when you are talking and emit “Droid” instead.

Your voice is picked up with a Laryngophone (throat mic) which is not only immune to ambient sounds (since it doesn’t use sound waves) but it works even if you speak very quietly. When you speak quietly from behind the helmet, no one hears your actual voice.

The helmets transmit your actual voice on the sly to the other helmet(s).

The receiving helmet(s) play your actual voice directly into the ear, so no one else hears.

The RGB LEDs embedded into the helmets aren’t just cosmetic – they represent specific activity and status reports.

The helmets use wi-fi to coordinate with each other (communicating status to each other, establishing transmission right-of-way, and so on.)


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