'Mosquito' Device Emits Buzz to Keep Teens Away
DC's Gallery Place installs controversial device
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2010 5:43 PM CDT
The Mosquito is designed to emit an annoying buzz to young people.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The developer of DC's Gallery Place, a busy mix of retail shops and restaurants, is trying a controversial measure to keep teens from loitering: The $1,000 device is called the "Mosquito," and it emits a piercing, high-pitched tone that is supposed to be audible only to young people, explains the Washington Post. For the technical minded, its tone of 17.5 kilohertz is the high end of the range of hearing for those ages 13 to 25.

"The bottom line is that the Mosquito is installed where 13- to 25-year-olds aren't supposed to be," says the maker. "Adults just walk through the sound." The device has generated plenty of complaints, and some lawmakers are already backing away. Still, some adults—who remain blissfully deaf to the Mosquito's tone—like the idea. "I think it's a good thing," says one 40-year-old resident. "All the youngsters do is fight."

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LegalAsSheIsSpoke
Oct 6, 2010 8:52 PM CDT
When we read the story initially we were unsatisfied with (the lack) of legal analysis. Critics argue that The Mosquito infringes on basic human rights – mainly, that it discriminates against teenagers, and perhaps urban minority youth in particular. But do all those crying reverse “ageism” have a legal basis for their claim? Journalists seem to have ignored the question. We answered this question and although the device was took down voluntarily, our answer might surprise you... http://lasisblog.com/2010/10/0... /
Beldarin
Sep 4, 2010 4:57 PM CDT
Not only is this insulting and discriminating, but a device which targets a individual with the sole purpose of causing harm/discomfort? Well it sounds like assault to me, and what about younger children or babies? Any business using this device would never get a cent of mine. Ever.
JGirl
Sep 2, 2010 1:44 AM CDT
it's just rude.