Dec. 16, 2010 at 2:01 PM ET
Would-be thieves, there's a new alarm system in town, and it will drown you in decibels. You've been warned.
An AMCO alarm + 5 air horns + 5 vuvuzelas + a hook-up to a telephone line with interactive monitoring = "Sonic Vuvu Hell!"
The UK-based Alarm Monitoring Company (AMCO) made the video above, which documents the first idea from "The Ultimate Alarm Project" to be realized: the VuVutech 5000 — a mega-mutant alarm based on the more-is-better school of American excess and "possibly the most annoying alarm in the world!" Makers say it's "designed to beat intruders," and I think they're right: it's designed to beat the hearing out of them, for sure.
As Switched's Lee Bains said, "If a thief can withstand five blaring vuvuzelas, he's earned your stuff."
If you recall, the vuvuzela was the South Afican-based horn heard 'round the world, over and over again, during the World Cup this summer. It drowned out EVERYTHING during the matches, but it also became white noise that will probably always remind people of the 2010 Super Bowl of soccer. Here's the hum that reminds me of a million buzzing bees on Vuvuzela Radio. There were even vuvuzela apps that would blare on command. I use mine to let people know when they've said something unsubstantiated, or just annoying.
The Ultimate Alarm Project invites creative "bedroom (and pro) geeks around the world" to design the best burglar alarm system they can imagine, based on the AMCO interactive monitored alarm system. The company will then choose the best/craziets ideas and spend up to £1000 making them, like the VuVuTech 5000.
So far, the score is Geeks: 1, Burglars: 0, with the alarm powerful enough to move your skin on your face.
Maybe an alarm like that would have deterred the burglar who was brazen enough to post his picture — with the money he was about to steal — onto Facebook.