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An unexpected convergence device: the lantern

Not only can it be used for camping, but it has a weatherband, built-in speakers, and an MP3 connection.

Norm Thompson

Technology may be making everyday objects smarter all the time, but one of the least likely examples has come in form of something that practically defines low tech: the camping lantern.

The "Intelligent Lantern" would come in handy for emergencies as well as outdoors recreation because it includes a digital clock, built-in speakers, and an AM/FM radio with local NOAA weatherband, as well as a hookup for an MP3 player. And unlike other combo devices we've seen, it doesn't abandon its primary mission: Its lights can be seen as far as a mile away and has "dual articulating lanterns" that can be positioned as needed. If it only had a color LCD, we'd be sold.