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Mosquito phone

September 29, 2017.

LG K7i.

LG K7i. © LG Electronics.

LG has introduced a new entry-level Android phone in India, called the LG K7i. It will be sold for 7,990 rupees, or CA$150. Its unique feature is the built-in Mosquito Away technology: a bulge on the back houses an ultrasonic wave emitter supposed to keep mosquitos away. The feature would be particularly appealing in a country like India, but even here in Canada, it could come in handy in deep woods. Unfortunately, a systematic review of the scientific literature reveals without the shadow of a doubt that ultrasonic waves have no deterrent effect on mosquitoes. Pity… and shame on LG for taking advantage of people’s credulity.

PhoneRadar, “LG K7i Smartphone with Mosquito Away feature Launched in India for Rs 7,990.”

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