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Handheld Thunderbolt Detector

Thunderbolt DetectorBy Asim Waqar

Storm safety experts Spectrum Electronics have announced the release of their professional-grade handheld storm detector to the general public.

I will not go into the details of how many people are struck by lightning each year, what the sensation is like, or what the all too weird results and aftereffects can be like. You can read all about that in this MSN Slate article (it’s actually some pretty entertaining reading!).

The ThunderBolt is a handheld storm detector capable of providing lightning protection by detecting thunderstorm activity from as far as 75 miles away. Once a storm is detected, it calculates the actual distance in miles and displays warning information on an easy-to-read LCD display. The ThunderBolt then continuously monitors the storm and provides 15-second updates on the distance, approach speed, intensity, and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) to the user’s exact location.

To be available in January 2006 – no price announced – visit the product page here.

Update: A little extra research by reader Daniel uncovers the price: about $480. Thanks Daniel.