By Chris Scott Barr
Have you ever had one of those friends that always seemed to be texting the entire time they’re hanging out with you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply block their cell phone signal, forcing them to put down their phone for a bit? Or what about killing the phone signal in a theater, so you don’t have to hear someone’s Rick Astley ringtone halfway through your movie? All you need is this fancy Painting Cell Phone Jammer.
This somewhat generic piece of art does much more than sit on your wall and look mildly interesting. It can block the signals on several different cell phone frequencies. You can choose specific ones to block, and whether you want to block it for a moment, or until you decide to turn it off. All of this is controlled from a remote, allowing you to be rather inconspicuous about things. At a price of $150 for a device that can block signals in an 80 meter radius, I can think of a lot of people (mostly businesses) that would love to get their hands on one.
Unfortunately there’s one tiny little snag that will prevent a lot of people from purchasing and using the device. I’m no legal expert, but I do believe it is unlawful to block cell phone signals in the US. I can see why these things would be a problem, after all, an 80 meter radius could easily extend into someone else’s house, leaving them without a signal. If you live in the US (or another country with similar laws), I wouldn’t suggest picking one of these up.