By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
You’re sitting in a movie theater, restaurant, in line at the movie store or other public locale, minding your own business, and then somebody has to get on their cell phone and talk loudly to someone who is obviously more important than the surrounding 20 individuals waiting around…
We’ve all been there. Heck, maybe you’re one of them…
If you just despise these people to the point you decide to gnaw off your own forearm rather than step up and say something to them – then this device is for you. Introducing a silent, hand-held cell phone blocking device, ready now for Joe Consumer. With it you can block cell phone network traffic in a defined radius. Different models block a wider or lesser range of network types and immediate signal areas.
You can bet that some public establishments will be chomping at the bit to install one of the full-featured (blocking 3G, in addition to other high-speed data network signals) models.
While I personally do not like to be around some of these folks when they feel they must chat with their buddies, I have to say that I’m not sure I would want to have my cell phone disabled by an external device in a controlled environment such as a theater. If I were a doctor or other ‘on-call’ person that required that I was immediately available for my job, I would be a little upset that I couldn’t receive my calls.
What would be more useful is a standard signal type agreed upon by all phone manufacturers that set cell phones to a ‘vibrate’/’silent’ mode so that calls could still continue to come in (or perhaps be forced to voicemail with a silent notification?) but no outbound signals could be established with exception to emergency calls.
What do you think? Would you like being forced into a communication blackout ala ‘Escape from L.A.‘ while watching a movie or eating dinner? While this might be considered a good thing by some (IT folks, I’m looking at you/me), I don’t think that a large percentage of people would go to an establishment where they knew their electronic gadgets were being disabled forcefully.
“Welcome to the human race”… this one’s for you, Snake.