Digital mousetrap will text you when it's done

High-tech device supposedly uses human system.

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Someone was bound to say it, so it might as well be us: A better mousetrap really has been built.

U.K.-based Rentokil is making the bold claim that it's invented "the smartest and most humane mousetrap ever"--and for good reason. This is no low-tech Tom and Jerry device, Tech Digest says, but a sophisticated digital system that kills the offending rodents in 45 seconds using infrared beams, carbon dioxide and toxic gas. And the "Rodent Activated Detention and Riddance Unit" (RADAR) isn't done yet: It will then send a text message to the owner, announcing the mission accomplished.

It sounds something like the mouse equivalent of the " Crustastun " to the lobster. Except, of course, for the use of its contents. We hope.

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