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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Jumble-Box  
  A device that jumbles sensory input.  

Mark had stood nearby with a small metal case in his hand, turning something on the face of the unit...

"How do you feel," the large man asked... "You screamed a lot."

"I know. Some were red, but most were blue."

"The screams?"

"Yes. And I could smell them... I tasted the colors too, and the sounds... What do you call the thing that did it."

"For want of a better name, I call it a jumble-box. It smears your sensory input, mixes them. Instant synesthesia."

From Changeling, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace in 1980
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Compare to the twist-box from Wetware (1988) by Rudy Rucker.

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