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Armani Phone Combats Rape and Theft

Armani Phone has Rape and Theft Alarm
This week, during his runway show at Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani unveiled a designer phone that packs some pretty high-tech, advanced features. The handset, which is manufactured by Samsung, boasts a massive 2.6-inch touchscreen, 50 Megabytes of built-in storage, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.0 Megapixel camera. The touchscreen is rumored to employ haptic feedback technology, which vibrates the phone under your fingers ever so slightly as you tap on the touchscreen. Unlike the iPhone's touchscreen, this gives off the tactile sensation of actually touching buttons.

However, the most innovative feature is the phone's so-called rape alarm. The handset can be configured to send a text message to five preprogrammed numbers of friends or family in the event of an attack. They can either call the phone to gauge the situation, call the police or activate the phone's GPS feature to track the owner's whereabouts and movements. The distress signal is activated by pressing the phone's side-mounted volume control four times -- which hopefully has a keylock.

The £375 Armani phone also has its own kind of Lojack in the event it is lost or stolen. If the SIM card is removed and replaced with a new one, a text message containing the phone number associated with the new SIM card is secretly sent out to three preprogrammed numbers.

Unlike the $25,000 Ferrari phone we reported yesterday, it's nice to see a designer phone that actually has some features worth the higher price, and isn't simply a case of slapping on a fancy label.


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