The New York Times
has an article
about a new "secret" ringtone high school students are using to get around the ban on cell phones in places like class or at school. The new ring tone is a high-pitched sound that, as you get older you gradually lose the ability to hear.The New York Times
has a sample
of the ring tone. I can hear it and one thing I've got to say--it's kind of annoying. I'm not sure I'd necessarily want that going off as my ring tone. But then again, I'm not in high school any more and I don't have to know the shocking, latest gossip quickly either.
Interestingly enough, the ring tone is an off-shoot of a teen-ager repellant device called the Mosquito.
The cellphone ring tone that she heard was the offshoot of an invention called the Mosquito, developed last year by a Welsh security company to annoy teenagers and gratify adults, not the other way around.
It was marketed as an ultrasonic teenager repellent, an ear-splitting 17-kilohertz buzzer designed to help shopkeepers disperse young people loitering in front of their stores while leaving adults unaffected.
Isn't it great the way technology helps us overcome all of our problems in this world?
So, let me ask another question--if you surfed over and sampled the ring tone, can you hear it?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/13/2006 07:16:00 AM