Sonic Nausea will finally give you disturbing, pathetic revenge

"Sonic Nausea" is a little device that clips onto a 9-volt battery and purports to emit "ultra-high frequency soundwaves which soon leads most in its vicinity to queasiness". (We just call it "Lil' Brownlee".) It's $30 for one of the little buggers, which retailer Shomer-Tec charmingly suggest can be used against "inconsiderate neighbors," "abusive bureaucrats," or in the "executive lunchroom". Sonic Nausea catalog page [ via Red Ferret]
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13 Responses to Sonic Nausea will finally give you disturbing, pathetic revenge

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks like it might just be a simple 555 timer chip tuned with the required resistors/capacitors. If so, I spot no more than $6 worth of parts there. Looks like 30-minute MAKEzine project to me.

  2. Garr says:

    Anyone tested yet?

  3. laserone says:

    Hahah neat… but, doesn’t it make the user nauseous too? =:o

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Hahah neat… but, doesn’t it make the user nauseous too? =:o”

    Almost certainly not, though it might make them nauseated.

  5. zuzu says:

    How does this compare to the Sonic Devastator as described in the Weird Technology panel at HOPE Number Six?

  6. mmbb says:

    What’s the kHz, Kenneth?

  7. Garr says:


    Only if your smart enough to stick in your pocket instead of hiding it in some unsuspecting place and then leaving the room.

  8. libelle says:

    #9 Anonymous: but if you have it in your pocket, you *do* become nauseous (if it functions as advertised). Theoretically, both you and your victims become nauseated as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I do agree though that with the cheap parts here, it’s highly unlikely to work.

    I’d guess that nasea is supposed to happen because, like, an inner ear infection, it messes with your balance.
    I doubt this thing packs the punch needed to do that is needed to cause that externaly.


  10. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t tested this gadget, but I have tested just about every frequency that can be produced with cheap electronics – and other than “that buzzing sound is sure annoying”, or the well-documented effects of making people go deaf from loud sounds, there is no weird esoteric effects to sound.

    If there is technology that effects people’s physiology with sound, it either requires lots of wattage, or is using very expensive and sophisticated technology, or both.

    However, if this device was anything more than a gag gift, it would probably be a pretty serious violation of government regulations and the company shut down pretty quickly.

  11. Anonymous says:

    LOL @ #5

    Your knowledge of audio is laughable at best, since nasea through sound is well-documented. Please stop pretending you know sound.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I just got one in the mail. It seems to work. It didn’t seem to have much effect when my sister and i listened to it for a minute or two but after it left us with a slightly queasy feeling almost like you have to belch but cant and it’s lasted about 15 minutes. I will NOT be trying this on myself on a full stomach.

  13. Halloween Jack says:

    It really plays boy band music, amirite?

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