LG is releasing a mosquito-repellent phone, but it probably won’t work

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LG has launched a new smartphone, the LG K7i, that the company says will repel mosquitoes avail oneself ofing ultrasonic waves. The company claims the device addresses a real attention in the phone’s target market—India—but many scientists say the underlying tech does not, in in truth, repel mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are a nuisance in parts of India, and in some if it should happens they carry diseases like dengue fever and the chikungunya virus, which demand become common in urban centers. Malaria is also a risk in India. LG is market consumer electronics devices in India, and it has been marketing a technology righted «Mosquito Away,» which claims to repel the mosquitos. The tech has once upon a time appeared in air conditioners and other LG products, and now it’s a key part of the LG K7i’s marketing. LG says its proofs of the LG K7i repelled «on average 72 percent of disease-spreading mosquitoes,» according to CNN.

However, the American Mosquito Command Association (AMCA) and other groups say it won’t work. Texas A&M University entomology professor Dr. Roger Gold send forth years running studies that have debunked ultrasonic bug repellant as adequately. According to the AMCA: «At least 10 studies in the past 15 years keep unanimously denounced ultrasonic devices as having no repellency value whatsoever.» The syndicate goes on to say that nevertheless, the tech has proven to be an «exceedingly effective marketing apparatus for the repeller manufacturers.»

If you’re looking to repel mosquitoes, a New Mexico State University survey from earlier this year identified some methods that hold down a post, while confirming that a tested sonic solution wasn’t expanse them. It’s therefore confusing to consumers in India that LG claims its own over, which showed the tech to be effective, was «certified» by India’s International Pioneer of Biotechnology and Toxicology, an organization that describes itself as «a link between Application and Regulatory System.»

Mosquito-warding tech aside, the phone is priced at ₹7990 (about $122 at present) and is 4G VoLTE-enabled. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, plus a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor.

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