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Advertising's scary new weapon: sonic beams

Just when you thought you've see it all, along comes a terrifying new form of advertising. An A&E billboard on Prince Street (bet. Mulberry and Mott) in Manhattan is using ultrasound waves to beam audio to hyper-targeted areas along the sidewalk below. If you've seen The Men Who Stared at Goats, then you'll recognize this as military technology that uses "your skull as a speaker." In other words, it beams hypersonic sounds to scare victims, make them nauseous, or cause them to faint. Yes, exactly the sort of thing we want on our streets!

Steve Lambert was able to get his hands on this demo video of the A&E ad, so you can see how it works. Hopefully neighborhoods groups (NYC Streets? Municipal Art Society? Project for Public Spaces?) will see this for what it is—a potential public health hazard—and pass ordinances banning this stuff.



(Via The Anti-Advertising Agency)

Posted by carrie on 12/22/2007 | Permalink

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Ordinances work as a government solution. Or, since ultrasound waves are a military technology we could go with a military solution: ordnance.

Posted by: Charles | Dec 22, 2007 1:49:50 PM

Having spent a little too much time researching this, the speaker they are using on Mulberry and Mott is highly directional, not resonating with your cranium. (The Gawker folks were a little lax in their research) The A&E system uses ultrasound waves, and from what I understand, it's the calculated interference of those waves with the atmosphere that produce soundwaves. Of course, this technology is also used by the military and it's still creepy, and still unnecessary.

The military does have the skull rattling stuff, so keep your foil caps on. In fact, I found this leaked Air Force report about all kinds of audio related "non-lethal weapons". But the Men Who Stare at Goats is a much more entertaining read.

Posted by: Steve Lambert | Dec 23, 2007 10:23:12 AM

wonder how hard it would be to get onto that roof and have a go at those speakers...

Posted by: destroy them | Dec 24, 2007 12:32:55 AM

I read about these speakers a few years back-- me and all my experimental music friends were VERY excited about the musical possibilities of such things. In a nutshell, they're simply a finely-tuned speaker that can direct sound to a far more precise area than others.

For the listener, it should be no more intrusive than hearing any other commercial-- in fact, I'd think you'd applaud this, seeing as how you could conceivably have far less sound pollution by using such a device.

Posted by: DaveX | Dec 31, 2007 8:31:24 AM

Hello, my name is Rhys Paul Hovey. I have , and have been able to record a similar ultrasound weapon being used on me, and at my apartment, for over 3 years. This weapon was also used on a commercial flight that I was on. The sounds transmitted to me, range from death threats to gay pornography. I have proof that the FBI and CIA/ and CSIS and RCMP are ignoring victims of this type of attack and putting lives at risk, please help me inform the public. www.youtube.com/rhyspaulhovey contains recordings of me calling CSIS and the device itself.

Posted by: Rhys Hovey | Jan 3, 2008 1:45:54 PM

Hello, my name is Rhys Paul Hovey. I have , and have been able to record a similar ultrasound weapon being used on me, and at my apartment, for over 3 years. This weapon was also used on a commercial flight that I was on. The sounds transmitted to me, range from death threats to gay pornography. I have proof that the FBI and CIA/ and CSIS and RCMP are ignoring victims of this type of attack and putting lives at risk, please help me inform the public. www.youtube.com/rhyspaulhovey contains recordings of me calling CSIS and the device itself.

Posted by: Rhys Hovey | Jan 3, 2008 1:47:21 PM

I was a big Hillary Clinton fan at one time, until this fiasco started on me with the ultrasound weapons, being used on me, at my home. Not only do I have recordings for you to download at (Yahoo video) and youtube. But now people in my building are starting to talk about the "advertising mind control computer" that they can hear in the streets (Hastings street in Vancouver) they recognize that the actual sounds of the cars and such can be used as a carrier signal as well. They hear this,. now Hillary Clinton,. being whife to an ex-president,. is going to have the "gaul" to look into the eyes of millions of innocent children, talk about the constitution and say I care about you? Proctor and Gamble, Interpublic, Coke, Pepsi? This is all advertising dollars in NY city. A company from manhatten actually called the police on me becuase of an e-mail message. AN E-MAIL<. that they could not even proove was me. PLEASE , if the next president of the US is this much of a lying hypocrite,. and is going to let the CIA/FBI cover up this crime, at the same time as it is being PROOVED in manhatten, by Joseph Pompei,. we must at least educate our children about these crimes, and help them ourselves,. becuase I guess that the police and the FBI, are simply part of that same American mafia, that is torturing me and my friends for almost no reason,. WE ARE NOT SCIENTIFIC TEST SUBJECTS,. we are victims of crime,. the "forcing" of us to commit suicide is NOT going to save your children from the taliban,. this does NOT make sence,. we must figure out a way to stop these criminals. Do you honestly think that the few criminal jerks that are hassing and killing people over this technology are really concerned about the saftey of your children,. do you trust their judgement over the judgement of 300 Million americans,. just how many people do you know that work for the NSA or CIA. PLEASE folks don't belive the LIES around Mind COntrol,. it is a CRIME, it is EVIL,. it must be stopped,. it is NOT being done to save your children, it is being done to further abuse your children, for money,.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me spread awareness about this VERY real criminal organization that I can SHOW you is being hidden by the FBI again, again, and again.

Posted by: Rhys Hovey | Jan 11, 2008 11:22:53 PM

Just walked over there. The speakers are gone.

Posted by: k | Jan 16, 2008 3:07:26 PM

I see Rhys is still smoking crack

Posted by: Not_Rhys | Jul 27, 2008 7:02:09 PM

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