It’s music for some, but noise for others.
A man in Beijing’s Changping district was jailed for six months for firing a shotgun into the air and causing fear and panic among neighbors, Beijing Times reported on Sunday.
During the trial, the man claimed he was pushed to the edge after being bombarded by ear-splitting music from a group of neighbors who were dancing in the town square, the newspaper said.
It’s a common enough leisure activity for middle-aged women in many cities across China, but as far as the man was concerned, it’s the women who should be charged with disturbing the peace.
Now here comes an invention that could avoid that kind of conflict among neighbors.
Scientists at Fudan University said they have developed a “directional loudspeaker” which keeps the sound within a certain range rather allowing it travel in all directions like normal loudspeakers do, Xinhua news agency reported.
Ma Jianmin, a professor at the university’s Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, was quoted as saying that the new invention can effectively contain unwelcome sound from various sources, including dance music in public squares. It is also effective as a public address system at bus and train stations as well as in guiding people during emergencies.
It costs only a few hundred yuan, compared with foreign-made counterparts which cost at least 10,000 yuan (US$1,600) each. The product will be launched by the end of this year, the report said.
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