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 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.