Scientist at Berkeley have played back one of the oldest recordings of the human voice ever made, made by Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.

Why is this significant you may ask?

Well the device that made the recording, a 19th Century Phonautograph recorded the sound visually 17 years before Edison got his patent for the same device. The clincher? There was no way that recording could be played back until now.

Pretty cool? Yeah, but still receives my vote as one of the most useless devices ever made. “Ok Remy, ze first reecording ever! Now how do wee play ze thing back? Oh, um …”

Here’s a link to the MP3: Link

Image courtesy of:
NY Times

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There’s a worrying article on Valleywag on possible issues at Podango, this following in the wake of 20 Podshow employees getting laid off two weeks ago. The Podshow layoff’s where confirmed and explained away by John C. Dvorak on a recent episode of TWIT, he’s take was that the staff has become redundant since completing a major round of development. Where there’s smoke there’s fire?

Granted, Valleywag can hardly be called a reliable source, but I suggest keeping a close eye on this. Everyone is feeling the strain of the apparent US recession, and this could just be the slow meltdown leading on to the current bubble bursting.
I do however believe that the face of podcasting has changed over the last year, its no longer really the “voice of the people”, and people are realising that unless you are really good at what you do, you are going to battle making a living of this.
Rather its going to develop into just another delivery mechanism and those that people want to listen too will position themselves accordingly in the market. More of a traditional media pattern than the golden ticket everyone was looking for perhaps?

I will be monitoring this story closely, I really hope its all just stupid rumors, but can’t shake this feeling of dread.

Pretty cool. Make a simple “Bot” in 5 minutes with a toothbrush, watch battery and a pager motor.