Don't like teenagers? Wish they would just ... go away?
A device called the Mosquito, which emits a high-pitched whine that only teens can hear, is being installed outside buildings, in shopping malls and in parks to drive away the young.
The Compound Security Systems website says: "... the device was first used at a Spar shop in Barry, South Wales, where the owner Robert Gough was enthusiastic about the device's success in driving away the local youths. 'Either someone has come along and wiped them off the face of the earth, or it's working' he is quoted as saying."
Compound Security markets the Mosquito to those whose business is "suffering from antisocial youths ... generally causing damage or nuisance." It asks: "Are you bothered by crowds of teenagers hanging around your street and making life unpleasant?"
According to an AP story published on Huffington Post, almost 1,000 units have been sold in the U.S. and Canada. The device is sold under the name of "Kids Be Gone."
Can you hear the whine? Listen to this audio/video:
The NY Post tried out the Mosquito in Washington Square Park and Midtown.
"It's obnoxious, high-pitched and painful," said one 19-year-old.
UPDATE: Can't hear the 15khz whine in the above audio/video? You may not be losing your hearing -- yet. Eli Janney, Boerum Hill audio engineer (visit his site: www.elijanney.com) said he "panicked a bit" when he couldn't hear the tone: "A audio engineer who can't hear 15khz would quickly be out of a job!"
Eli says: "I researched a bit and found out that Youtube audio is compressed down to 22khz sampling rate, which mean the highest possible frequency is 11khz, as long as there is no errors at all (which there always are). So with that sample from Youtube, NO ONE will be able to hear the higher frequencies since they won't be transmitted!"We're all very happy about this here at McBrooklyn. (Now we're looking for that 13-year-old who told us she could hear those tones...)Photo: "Crazy" by Merfam, Creative Commons license