Living: Hot Flashes

Do you beep here often ?

Computer-dating services have scored well over the past few years, but it is difficult to take an electronic matchmaker into the street or to clubs to check out chance encounters. No longer. A Paris specialty-electronics firm called Promotions et Qualité has developed a device known as "le Flashing." The cigarette pack-size gadget fits inside a shirt pocket or purse and beeps insistently when it comes within ten feet of someone carrying another Flashing that has been tuned to the same frequency.

Not only does the signal promise to...

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