Mobile Phones - Geeky Valentines

By: David Collins

So Valentine's Day is upon us, and it seems more and more of us are moving away from the traditional flowers and chocolates.

In an age where you can now send virtual e-valentines through e-mail and themed text messages to mobile phones, many are choosing to woo their partners (and potential partners) the digital way.

According to a survey carried out by a leading electrical retailer, 23% of women said they'd rather receive a cool gadget than the traditional choccies and roses. Nearly a third of women said they would buy their partners a gadget for Valentines - with the most popular requested items including MP3 players, digital cameras and satellite navigation systems.

And with mp3 players now available in a wide range of colours (including pink) the choice is endless.

However, aside from the valentine-themed gifts such as chocolate and flowers, there have been other devices and services centred around Valentines' which area a bit more unusual.

In Korea there is a service available on mobile phones that analyse voice patterns in order to check for affection and honesty in speech.

The 'Love Detector' service is available for a small fee (around $1.50 per month for unlimited use) and provides users with a 'love meter' bar on their screens during a conversation with their loved one - and receive a breakdown of results in a text message.

Online gadget retailers have sections dedicated to gifts for both sexes - as well as specialist pages for Valentine treats for both male and female geeks (or geekettes if you prefer) - from themed covers for mobile phones to cuddly toys (in amongst the radio controlled helicopters and speaker systems of course)

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