New TV Kills Mosquitoes With Inaudible Sound Waves

The TV, created by LG, is meant to help solve a public health crisis in India

Jun 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM ET

A new television, just launched in India, does more than just mindlessly entertain you—it also acts as a mosquito repellent by driving away the pesky insects with inaudible sound waves. The technology comes after the country last year experienced its worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne Dengue fever in two decades.

“The LG Mosquito Away TV, developed as per the Indian insights by consumers, is equipped with an Ultra Sonic device which once activated, uses the sound wave technology and makes mosquitoes fly away without emitting any harmful radiations,” said LG, the South Korean electronics giant that made the device, as quoted by the Economic Times. LG added that the technology used “complies with the norms of global organizations” and has been tested by India’s International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology (IIBAT).

The TV is chemical-free, and requires no refills or other maintenance. It also operates when the TV is off, ensuring mosquitoes stay away at all times. LG has deployed similar technology for some of its products marketed in Africa, notably a pair of air conditioners. Juah Kim, a member of LG’s global communications team, told Vocativ in an email Wednesday that the TV will be launched in the Philippines this July. “At the moment there’s no plan to expand this model in other market,” he added.

India’s National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, a body under the country’s health ministry, reported that India recorded almost 100,000 cases of Dengue fever last year, leaving 220 dead. The country also struggles with other mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria and Japanese encephalitis.

“LG is constantly introducing products based on Indian Insights, making them more meaningful for the Indian consumers,” Howard Lee, the director of home entertainment at LG India, told the New Indian Express. “The new Mosquito Away technology in television is an extension of this philosophy, transiting beyond viewing experience and truly building a healthy environment at home.”

The price of the TVs will range from Rs 26,900 ($403) for the 80 cm version, to Rs 47,500 ($712) for the 108 cm version. India’s median per capita income in 2013 was $616, according to a Gallup poll.