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Charles Bourseul’s Telephone
Reis telephone

Origin

Charles Bourseul

Type

Telephone

Effects

Converts speech into electricity

Downsides

Will discharge full energy into talkers

Activation

Vocal proximity

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Babbage-1822

Aisle

605882-5924

Shelf

821699-9149-338

Date of Collection

September 1, 1925

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OriginEdit

Charles Bourseul was an early inventor of the telephone, predating Alexander Graham Bell by 20 years. He became fascinated with improving the telegraphy systems he constantly used as a mechanic and developed a microphone able to convert speech into electrical signals. However, he had no success in reversing the process and playing back the messages.

EffectsEdit

Will absorb all nearby speech, which people can hear the telephone almost sucking in noise like a drain. People nearby can only hear snippets of conversation, and loudness seems to only make it absorb faster. The words are converted directly into electrical energy, which is stored until full. The next speaker will receive a blast of electricity, as the telephone is still trying to “return” the voices. For that reason, its charge is released every five months.

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