Most of us don’t walk in constant fear of being gagged, bound, thrown into a smelly boot and taken to a deserted wasteground for a good pummelling. Judging by Nokia’s latest invention, however, mobile phone focus groups are a far more paranoid bunch.
The New Scientist spotted the Finnish mobile king's recently filed a patent for a mobile to save you from kidnapping scenarios. Once you’ve fallen into foul hands, you begin your own covert rescue operation by triggering a panic button on the phone. Rather than start a screaming siren, the mobile goes into a fake sleep mode during which it will photograph, video and sound record your surroundings.
The info will then be coupled with GPS data to find your location – better hope you don’t get Hannibal Lector - and sent to a nominated phone number. That person is supposed to come and rescue you. Or call the police.
Nokia’s patent isn’t a far cry from Sanyo’s Japan-only A5520SA for children. The Sanyo kiddie phone does all the usual child-tracking gubbins parents are supposed to love, but it also comes with a buzzer which, when pressed, emits a burst-your-eardrums siren and triggers automatic GPS tracking.
We’ll let you know the second the tech filters down to a real phone you can buy down the Carphone Warehouse.