Check out this brilliant press release from Opera:
Opera Software’s R&D department today announced the discovery of a new technology dubbed ‘Opera SoundWave’ – a platform-independent speech solution for short- and medium-range interpersonal communication. Based on open standards, Opera’s patent-pending P2P speech technology uses analogue signals carried through open air, enabling users to communicate in real- time without the use of computers or mobile phones.
“As most people, I have used e-mail as my primary means of communication for many years and accepted that it is not always 100 percent effective,” says Trond Werner Hansen, Opera desktop developer and inventor of SoundWave, via a Technical Preview of the new technology. “Opera SoundWave has opened up a whole new world for me, enabling me to get things done faster and more efficiently than before – and it is remarkably easy to use.”