posted on Sep, 13 2009 @ 01:19 PM
Used properly the LRAD
is best used for giving directions to people at a distance
without disturbing others in the area. It can send a spoken command 300ft to a distant person and they can put the cross hairs on them and send the
command to just one person.
This means that if you have a trouble maker at an event you can command that the individual to knock it off. This might save the police from say
spraying a water cannon at an entire group to get to one guy wielding a stone or a bottle of fuel.
Any tool can be abused. Tasers for instance have been fielded long enough that they have been abused numerous times. People are always going to have a
problem with any new technology that has potential for abuse. I think the fear and concern is very valid but I would point out that the usefulness of
this device is far beyond its abuse potential. It is far more useful than abuseful so to speak.
I am betting that it is also good for picking up the voice of an individual in a crowd as well. I am betting that a software and special hardware
package to a basic LRAD unit can convert it into a highly focusable sound snooping device. It is just the same technology in reverse some what. For
instance you have a crowd of people that you are videoing. You can have a modified LRAD pointed at a person in a crowd and then have that person or
the person near them clearly speaking on the captured video. This would be great for identifying leaders and recording their conversations so as to
anticipate their actions or commands to others.
I am clearly speculating here but I can see no technical obstacle to making such modifications to one of those units as I describe.