|square buzz (by neeraj, Nov 11th, 2009)
Oops! What kind of sound is that? I horripilate when I heard this tone...but for...
|Good (by nautin, Jul 13th, 2007)
It is really a sound of buzz! I like it!
|Start !!! (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
Let's buzz it, man.
|Square Buzz (by billyoung, Jul 9th, 2007)
First i can't hear anything. I have to turn up to the maximum of the volume, i can hear it but not clearly.
|Weird sound! (by forestgum, Jun 25th, 2007)
This sound is a bit weird but ... occasionally, you might need it LOL ^-^
|UFO sound? (by Bad Guy, Jun 22nd, 2007)
is this UFO sound? or is this robot mosquito? :)
Digital World: Getting the buzz
By David Shamah , THE JERUSALEM POST
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I recall some bit of hippie wisdom about
"people over 30." Something about how kids aren't supposed trust them, or
something like that. I wish I could remember, but when you get to be my age,
things get sort of foggy.
But now there's proof you can't trust people over 30 - or maybe even 25! It
turns out that there is a solid line separating the youth and adult races - the
two can communicate and maybe even form friendships, but there is no question
that kids and adults operate on different frequencies.
Literally. Here's the latest teen scam where kids pull one over on adults: a
cell phone ringtone that can be heard only by the junior set, used by youngsters
to get around classroom regulations against having cell phones in class. Oh, the
youth of today.
Actually, the evolution of the Mosquito Tone saga is a case of just desserts,
considering that the thing was invented by adults to annoy unruly kids. The
story goes back to last year, when a British inventor came up with a security
device designed to keep teenagers from congregating in malls, taking up space
and driving away the money-spending customers. The product, called the Mosquito,
took advantage of a singularity that most adults (and kids) are not aware of:
Certain high-frequency tones are apparently undetectable to the human ear after
a certain age. Starting at about 20, scientists say, the human ear loses its
ability to hear tones in the highest human-range frequencies (18-20 khz), and
the older you get, the harder it is to detect these sounds.
The Mosquito emits a 17 khz tone that is supposed to emulate the buzzing of a
mosquito - but about 10 times more annoying. This sound, beamed at kids
congregating in a section of the mall, would encourage them to move on, the
theory goes. The inventor of the device sells the Mosquito system on his Web
site (http://www.compoundsecurity.co.uk), and says that after about a minute or
so, kids go crazy and move on, and that "field trails also suggest that after
several uses, the groups of children/teenagers tend not to loiter in the areas
covered by the Mosquito, even when it is not turned on." He suggests, by the
way, that shopkeepers order a special metal cage to protect the system,
"recommended where the unit is mounted in positions where people have easy
access to it." Probably a good idea.
But leave it to the kids to turn the tables. Apparently some teens in Birmingham
(the inventor's hometown) got wind of what the company was doing, and decided to
appropriate it for their own use: They created a cell phone ringtone called
"Teen Buzz," which has caught on like wildfire, first in the UK, and emigrating
to the US over the past couple of weeks. With the tone, kids can keep their cell
phones on in class to receive text messages, the bane of many teachers, who
demand that cell phones be turned off in class. And, not one to miss an
opportunity, the inventor of the original device made his own ringtone, which he
sells via his Web site ("the official Mozzy tone").
Does it work? You bet! I can't hear it, and I bet you can't (check out this
sample at http://tinyurl.com/o5jls/). My kids (all under 16), can, while several
young adults (21, 23 and 24) said they could hear it "faintly." Listening really
closely to some of the free download versions available (i.e. putting my ear
right up to the computer speaker), I could hear something - and that Birmingham
fellow definitely has the right idea, using the tone to annoy and drive away