The devil's in the phone call

MoPods rotate and flash to let you know you've got a call.

Murphy's Law for mobile phones: the minute you turn off your cell phone to spare your co-workers that Weird Al ring tone, your crush will finally dial or text message you.

MoPods
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MoPods can spare you this cruel fate. They're cutesy little plastic-encased creatures that rotate and flash to let you know you're being contacted when your phone can't. You can choose to get crazy cell phone dances from characters including a gangster, one-eyed monster, bulldog, monkey, pitchfork-wielding devil or pink kitten (hey, this gadget did originate in Japan!).

To work, the battery-run MoPods--which sell for about $10 at U.K. site Prezzybox.com and elsewhere online--must be situated no more than a meter outside your phone's radius. Warning: while the gizmos are versatile, heading into a board meeting with a spinning plastic penguin attached to your belt buckle is probably contraindicated.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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