Now that they've mostly recovered from the twisted mind maze that was the original Annoy-a-tron, send them on a new journey of "self discovery" with the latest version featuring 6 sound choices, it's at least twice as fun (and annoying) as the original. For effective deployment, we humbly suggest the following sounds and locations, but you can conduct your own field research for more insight.
The cricket chirping sound is interesting because someone will instinctively look near the ground when trying to locate a cricket. So, placing the Annoy-a-tron several feet or more above the ground will help to obscure its location. The 15kHz sound is also interesting because this frequency range of sound cannot be heard by everyone. In older adults or those with deteriorated hearing (a condition known as presbycusis) this high frequency sound will not be audible, while others will clearly hear the sound and find it quite annoying. They also might think they are going crazy because people nearby will report that they don't hear anything.
Assuming you have done your part in selecting a suitable hiding location for the Annoy-a-tron, it will do its part to drive your co-workers slowly mad with its short and seemingly random beeps. And when someone does locate the Annoy-a-tron, they're not going to know what it is - which is almost as much fun as watching them search for it. Muahaha...
** - The 15kHz 'Teen Buzz Tone' is a frequency that young people can hear but older folks cannot. Sometimes younger folks cannot hear it and sometimes older folks can hear it, but, in general, it's called the 'Teen Buzz' tone. When you can hear it, trust us, it's annoying. Dogs agree.
The ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron Features:
- Amazingly small
- Six sounds choices:
- 12kHz electronic noise sound
- 15kHz 'Teen Buzz Tone' electronic noise sound
- Random/Alternating sound mode
- Battery included (lasts 1 month+ of continuous use)
- Embedded Rare-earth Magnet for easy hiding
- Single push button to change sounds
- Please note: after removing battery tab you may need to push down slightly on the magnet to re-seat the battery correctly (you may even hear a small click)
- Battery: CR2032