A 'personal lightning detector' (seriously)

The 'StrikeAlert' misses the mark

OhGizmo

This item ranks right up there with the " qStart ," that device that reminds you which side of the road to drive on.

The "StrikeAlert" describes itself as "the world's first convenient, dependable and easy-to-use personal lightning detector." During a thunderstorm it supposedly gauges the distance of lightning based on the decibel level of their crackle up to 40 miles away, according to OhGizmo.

Forgive us, but we must ask: Do we really need a gadget to tell us that lightning is approaching? Would it not be more prudent, say, to just weather the storm indoors? The $80 it costs to get one of these, in our opinion, would be better spent on an AM radio, canned food and a deck of cards.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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