FACTOID # 23: Wisconsin has more metal fabricators per capita than any other state.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Teen Buzz
Icon of loudspeaker
Listen to the ringtone

Teen Buzz (or Mosquito Ringtone) is a popular ringtone that was hijacked from a technology that was originally used to repel loitering teenagers from shops in the United Kingdom. Inventor Howard Stapleton developed the "Mosquito device" for Compound Security Systems. This device emits a modulated 17khz sound that proves to be a great annoyance to teenagers or anyone younger, but leaves most over thirty years of age unaffected. This is due to presbycusis, a normal loss of acute hearing that occurs with advancing age. Teen Buzz was developed using the same technology, but as a constant 17khz high frequency ringtone. It is primarily used in the classroom, allowing students to be alerted of incoming text messages on their mobile phones without the knowledge of their teachers. The company that developed the device said that they were impressed and admits to the idea being humorous, although they considered it may be an infringement on their intellectual property rights. They developed their own ringtone which they sold as the authentic mosquito tone.[1] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A ringtone or ring tone is the sound made by a telephone to indicate an incoming call. ... A ringtone or ring tone is the sound made by a telephone to indicate an incoming call. ... Adolescent redirects here. ... The Mosquito is a product made to drive away teenagers from no-loitering zones. ... Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is the cumulative effect of aging on hearing. ... A schematic representation of auditory signaling Sound is an alternation in pressure, particle displacement, or particle velocity propagated in an elastic material (Olson 1957) or series of mechanical compressions and rarefactions or longitudinal waves that successively propagate through medium that are at least a little compressible (solid, liquid or gas...

Contents

Presbycusis

Main article: Presbycusis

The principle behind Teen Buzz is a biological reality that audiologists can refer to as presbycusis, or aging ear. Starting at around age 20, scientists say, the human ear loses its ability to hear tones in the highest human-range frequencies (18-20 kHz), and as one ages, it becomes more difficult to detect these sounds. Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is the cumulative effect of aging on hearing. ... An audiologist is the professional specializing in disorders of the auditory and vestibular portions of the body; an audiologist diagnoses and treats hearing and (balance) problems. ... Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is the cumulative effect of aging on hearing. ...


The Mosquito

Main article: The Mosquito

The Mosquito device is manufactured by the British company Compound Security. Once installed on a building, emits a high-pitched sound (at 17 kilohertz), similar to a constant insect buzzing. The product is based on the idea that, as people age, they are less able to hear high-frequency sounds, making this particular sound annoying only to youths. The Mosquito is a product made to drive away teenagers from no-loitering zones. ... The Mosquito is a product made to drive away teenagers from no-loitering zones. ...


This sound, beamed at kids congregating in a section of the mall, would encourage them to move on, the theory goes, therefore preventing unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops or chasing them away.


Mosquito devices have been sold around the world since its launch in 2005. Police forces and small business have praised the Mosquito device and say it has improved business and community trouble spots.


It has since been welcomed by many as "an important step forward in crime prevention" and criticized by others "as an attack to the human rights and the health of those affected."


Teen Buzz

The Teen Buzz Ringtone (also known as talbots Ringtone, Mosquitotone or Zumbitone) is theoretically a cell phone ring tone that is too high-pitched for most adults to hear. It is a constant high- In settings where cellphone use is forbidden — in class, for example — it is used for signaling the arrival of a text message without being detected by an adult.


Ability

As more people[citation needed] report via online forums their ability — or lack of ability — to hear the well-known[citation needed] ringtone, it is becoming every day more evident that people are not alike[citation needed].


Although it is clear[citation needed] that the chances of hearing the sound perfectly decrease markedly with aging, there are many reports of people as old as 50 who allegedly hear the sound of the ringtone as clearly as their younger counterparts. Also, on some kids it has the same annoying ability as The Mosquito[citation needed]. and most teens are actually unable to hear the low frequency tones that the elderly can so really there could possibly be a "senior reppeler" Ageing or aging is the process of getting older. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/12/technology/12ring.html?ex=1186459200&en=7fda987dcab25a4d&ei=5070

External links

  • "NY Times", hear the sound.
  • "Pupils perform 'alarming' feat", METRO.co.uk, 24 May 2006 (news article)

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m