Ig Nobel Peace Prize device under attack

Small hordes, are attacking the invention that earned its inventor the 2006 Ig Nobel Peace Prize. A February 12, 2008 BBC News report gives details:

Mosquito-device.gifCalls to ban anti-teen device

Campaigners are calling for a ban on a device that emits a high-pitched sound to disperse groups of teenagers, saying it is not a fair way to treat them. There are estimated to be 3,500 of the devices, known as the Mosquito, in use in England, many at shopping centres. Their sound causes discomfort to young ears – but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25…. a new campaign called “Buzz off“, led by the children’s commissioner for England and backed by groups including civil liberties group Liberty, is calling for them to be scrapped.

Howard Stapleton, the Mosquito’s inventor, received much public acclaim during his appearance, last year, on the Ig Nobel Tour of the UK. You can read about that here, and watch video of one of those tour appearances here.

(Thanks to investigator Tammy Boyce for bringing this to our attention.)

UPDATE later in the day: The British government announced it will not ban the device. (So says a news report by icWales.)

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