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LG Sells Mosquito-Repelling TV In India (technobuffalo.com) 50

An anonymous reader writes: In effort to fight Zika, dengue and malaria, LG has released the "LG 32LG52D" TV with "Mosquito Away Technology." According to Reuters, the TV uses ultrasonic waves that are inaudible to humans but cause mosquitoes to fly away. The TV has been released in India Thursday, and will go on sale next month in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, with no plans to market it elsewhere. It is available in two models, priced at 26,500 rupees and 47,500 rupees ($394 and $706). LG says the same technology used in its new TV has been used in some of its air conditioners and washing machines.
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LG Sells Mosquito-Repelling TV In India

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  • by jddj ( 1085169 ) on Friday June 17, 2016 @05:25PM (#52339709) Journal

    My friend, for less than HALF that price, I'll sell you a mosquito-repelling rock! Shoots ultrasound waves. Humans can't hear 'em. This netting acts as an antenna. And it WORKS! There are no mosquitoes in here, right?

    • I endorse this product. The rock was used by early Native Americans and was called the "apasapion rock."

      I asked an expert in Native American geological studies and he said that, apasapion comes to us from the Greek (ca. 400 BC) for "sex."

      I said, "So, doc ... it's a sex rock. Why is that?"

      He said, "Because it's a fucking rock ."

  • Plus, they purr when you pet them.

  • debunked many times (Score:5, Informative)

    by rubycodez ( 864176 ) on Friday June 17, 2016 @05:35PM (#52339791)

    Every decade or so since the 1970s there have been ultrasonic mosquito repellents sold. my parents bought one back then. didn't work. and any competent
    entomologist will tell you it won't and can't work [bbc.com]

    • Shhhh. All of us 30+ year olds know "ultrasonic mosquito repellent" is just a code phrase for "ultrasonic loitering teenager repellent." Don't let the secret out.
      • You know, even when I could still hear it (well into my late 20s, actually) the "teenager repellant" tone didn't bother me all too much. Start playing Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, or any of the rest of their genre ilk, over the muzak speakers though; and I'd be looking to leave post-haste. Nothing but nothing was more uncool than country music when I was a teenager.

        • I can still hear 17.5KHz, but not very well (I'm 44). One years ago I could still hear it very clearly - it wasn't until a tire I was inflating burst (I could not hear anything for about a half hour) last summer that my high frequency hearing started to degrade. :(

  • Loosen up the flyback so you get that 15.75 kHz squeal going, and use the CRT high voltage as a bug zapper...

  • Huh. (Score:5, Funny)

    by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Friday June 17, 2016 @05:44PM (#52339869)

    I guess this is what happens to electronics that get shipped back for coil whine.

    • I was going to post the same idea. Now I just keep the mosquitos away with the usual /. whine.
    • Similar to what I thought. LG produced thousands/millions defective TVs and they say it's a feature.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sound doesn't repel mosquitoes. However, an Indian (and US) firm called SilverPush is using ultrasonic beacons in ads to track users across multiple devices. I suspect that this is really used for tracking people and not to perform any useful function. I really think that ALL marketing firms need to be put out of business and their management sent to jail for the rest of their lives. Advertising is incredibly unethical in the modern world and is a scam for everyone except the marketing companies. Ads are in

  • ... because why not just sell a 1,000 watt amplifier at those frequencies?

  • LED lasers are pretty powerful now... seems like someone could create a computer controlled system to zap them out of the air.
  • We once used smart way of reducing mosquitoes population, such as releasing huge batch of infertile males

    Now the TV approach is quite odd. If you can afford a TV, your mosquitoes will fly away - to the home of the one that cannot afford a TV. This is class warfare bumped to the biological weapon level.

  • I remember holding one of these "ultrasonic mosquito repellent" devices in my hands as a kid, watching a mosquito land on it (it was on), and then proceed to land on me for the purpose of biting me...

  • Just turn on your TV and select any channel dealing with "shopping", "entertainment" or "celebrities". This will either make mosquitoes leave in disgust or make them so stupid they won't remember how to bite.

Air is water with holes in it.