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WASHINGTON | The company behind a high-tech sound device that aimed to keep teens from loitering in a Washington neighborhood has squashed use of the controversial product.
The device, called “The Mosquito,” costs about $1,000 and emits a high-pitched beeping sound that only young people can generally hear. The sound is annoying and encourages teenagers to move along.
The device was installed outside the Chinatown entrance to the Gallery Place Metro station, a popular teen hangout. Dave Moss, director of development and operations for the National Youth Rights Association, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights about the device. Officials there told Moss in a letter they were investigating his complaint and Moving Sound Technologies, the company that installed the device, had removed it voluntarily.
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