Make a Not-So-Joyful Noise

By Deane Barker on March 3, 2004

Troops get high-tech noisemaker : I need this to fend off my cat.

Dubbed “The Sound of Force Protection” in a company brochure, the devices can broadcast sound files containing warning messages. Or they can be used with electronic translating devices for what amounts to “narrowcasting.”

If crowds or potential foes don’t respond to the verbal messages, the sonic weapon, which measures 33 inches in diameter, can direct a high-pitched, piercing tone with a tight beam. Neither the LRAD’s operators or others in the immediate area are affected.

If it can broadcast the soundtrack to my daughter’s Barney video, then it may exceed its non-lethal status.