Thursday, November 08, 2007

Mosquito

Some time ago, I came across this mp3 called "mosquito tone." It is a recorded tone at a frequency just high enough to be out of reach for most ears past the age of about 18 years old. When I first read the explanation, I didn't believe it. However, after testing it out on my three daughters, I'm a believer. As if that's not funny enough, the story of how it is being used is pretty funny too.

The story goes that the sound was designed to be used by merchants as a way to keep teenagers from loitering around their stores. They should've known that the tech generation would find a use more to their own advantage. Young people have commandeered the tone for use on their phones and wireless devices. Using the Mosquito tone, kids can receive calls and text messages in class without the teacher's old ears ever getting the signal. Clever! Devious, but clever! You can read more details about how it works here.

Call the younger people in your house into the room and test it out for yourself. It's like taking the hearing test. They'll love that they can hear it and you can't. Enjoy!







6 comments:

Ro said...

WOW! All I heard was a dull humming in my computer - S and J said they heard a high pitched sound.

Unknown said...

Isn't it something? I played it just now while the kids were watching TV in the next room and my oldest came in right away and asked what that noise was. They love that I can't hear it but they can.

Anonymous said...

I can hear it fine, Geekbert. It is an annoying, high pitched squeal. So, what does that make me?

Unknown said...

Brian, I guess that makes you young at heart...er, I mean ear?

Ro said...

Jim and I just listened. Jim hears nothing - I heard a very faint high pitched sound this time - not awful - but I could hear it. Does this mean that my ears are younger than Jims?????? Jim swears her heard Barry Manilow singing 'I write the songs...'

Scott Donnelly said...

Cheryl and I can hear it perfectly... that is really annoying. Our dog, Bailey, really stands at attention when I play it.