Mobile Application Uses Sound to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Muhammad Amir Malik

Indeed, the internet is going to be massively “mobile”  as it is expected that mobile internet users will top 1.7 billion by 2013, increasing greatly from the current figure of 577 million. The future of Mobile Internet Services is however becoming increasingly dependent on the mobile applications business which is plagued by the critical and recurrent issue of fragmentation.

Mosquitoes are a summertime nuisance in many parts of the world, and often the deterrents available to hold them at bay are almost as unpleasant as the insects are. In Pakistan, Dengue outbreak is increasingly becoming an epidemic and due to the high cost of treatment, the disease spread more rapidly in 2011 than in previous years. As of January 2012, it has killed over 300 people and over 21,000 are infected by this mosquito born disease.

A new smart phone offers an alternative to all those malodorous candles, lotions, ointments and sprays. Instead of repellent fragrances, the application uses sound to keep mosquitoes away. Specifically, it causes the user’s smart phone to emit a high-frequency noise that’s inaudible to humans but that the pesky insects reportedly can’t stand. When used, the application emits three different high-pitched frequencies that serve as a deterrent for mosquitoes.