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Every so often I get the idea I'm living in some kind of parallel universe where iPhone apps are created that look great but just don't do anything of value.Such an app is Metal Detector [App Store] that for US$0.99 cents purports to detect metal around you. It requires an iPhone 3GS because it uses...

July 8th 2009 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Not nearly as intrusive as it first sounds, the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS) is a chair-shaped mobile metal detector that officials are considering installing in every prison in England and Wales. Designed mainly to weed out one of the most popular forms of contraband -- cellphones -- the n...

December 24th 2007 at 3:52pm 0 Comments
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Thanks to that freaky would-be shoe bomber dude, we're all now forced to endure the embarrassment of exposing foot odor and sock holes to our fellow passengers every time we take a flight -- but thanks to a company named IDO Security and its MagShoe metal detector, this long national nightmare at ai...

December 4th 2007 at 10:24am 0 Comments
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Although John Corney's RC treasure hunter hasn't happened upon any $10 billion finds or unreleased iPhone knockoffs, the remote controlled truck has indeed scrounged up part of a Medieval Pilgrims badge which has now been donated to Warminster Library Museum. The off-roading machine is essentially a...

May 25th 2007 at 7:32am 0 Comments
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The latest anti-poaching tool may not be as completely bizarre as the Robodeer, but the TrailGuard technology coming out of Steve Gulick's laboratory is entirely more sophisticated (and stealthy, too). The system consists of a network of metal detectors buried next to forest trails which will detect...

May 15th 2007 at 3:05pm 0 Comments
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While Keith Richards may or may not still be trying to up the shock ante as of late, another Stone seems to have settled into a considerably more laid-back lifestyle. Apparently a metal detecting enthusiast for years, former bassist Bill Wyman now looks to be trying to turn his passion into a bit of...

April 6th 2007 at 12:58pm 0 Comments
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Here's a patent filing from the creative minds at Nokia that'll appeal to both the security industry and the paranoid among us. Apparently, with a little elbow grease, bubble gum, and duct tape, engineers have been able to take your standard induction coil used for hearing aid compatibility and gi...

July 3rd 2006 at 2:18pm 0 Comments