Shy and trying

Published: Friday 31 July 1998

After the digital pets, Japans latest contribution to alternative technology is the "lovegety", which aims to get lonely hearts fixed up with blind dates. It is basically a thumb-sized transmitter-receiver. If a man's lovegety picks up a signal from a woman's lovegety (and vice versa) less than 10 metres away, it starts flashing, encouraging owners to talk to each other ( New Scientist , Vol 158, No 2136).

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