Wired Danger Room
contributor Sharon Weinberger met a guy in Israel who sells sonic weapons, so she did what any respectable blogger would do -- asked him to point it at her and turn on the switch.
Last week, I was sitting in a hotel bar in Jerusalem when a fellow passenger on my tour told me there was a guy with us selling a supposedly less-lethal weapon.
Link (thanks, Noah Shachtman!)
"It works with sound frequencies," he said. "It'll make you a sick."
A puke ray? An honest-to-God puke ray? Right here in Jerusalem?
Well, more like a sonic blaster. Dr. Maurice Goldman, a retired dentist, is the U.S. managing director for Inferno, a line of products that markets itself as a "sound barrier." The primary effect of the device, which sounds like a loud siren, is to force people to leave the protected area, he says. However, if the intruder doesn't leave immediately, Inferno's effects include "vertigo, nausea, and pain in the chest."
* NPR "Xeni Tech": Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control
* Sonic Weapons in Iraq -- and now, US cities
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