Nokia's anti-lightning phone
Some developers must have too much time on their hands
This is one of those products that really makes us wonder if some companies have too many employees--a situation that inevitably leads to solutions in search of a problem. Nokia may be suffering this workforce malady if its latest brainchild is any indication: a mobile phone that warns of approaching lightning. Yes, you read that right.
We thought we'd dispensed with this misguided idea in an item a month ago that cited (and mocked appropriately) a "." But nay, apparently one of the largest phone makers in the world thinks this is a valuable feature, for it reportedly has filed for a U.S. patent on its own lightning-be-gone software.
Tech Shout says it could be an "indispensible safety device" for such outdoor activities as golfing and jogging. Yet we must ask, as we did with the " " detector before it, is it so difficult to stay indoors in a thunderstorm?