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Smoke 'em out: FogSHIELD anti-theft device really is just blowing smoke

Posted Apr 26th 2007 11:29AM

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There used to be a show on Nickelodeon called "What Will They Think of Next?" Today's answer is the FogSHIELD. It's a device meant to keep thieves from even seeing the car they're trying to break into. How? By laying down 2,000 square feet of high-density gas in 15 seconds. The gas won't kill anyone, lasts for 45 minutes, and it even has a minty smell. So if your FogSHIELD ever goes off, look for the guy who smells like candy.

It costs $4,200, it's not exactly tiny, and it weighs 62 pounds, so we're not sure what kind of car you'd put it in. Probably not either of the Porsche 911's in the video. But if we had one, we'd install it just for fun and turn the garage into the Autoblog disco at least once a week.

[Source: FogSHIELD via Netscape]

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Barney


I have an old Ford that gives off a fresh burning oil smell. It must work because no one stole it yet.

April 28 2007 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BartMack

I've seen a '74 LTD do exactly the same thing...

April 26 2007 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Calvin

Minty Fresh Smell? Let me guess, it's burning Marvel Mystery Oil?

April 26 2007 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dpk

Well, that certainly makes more sense. Heh.

April 26 2007 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I think they should hook it up to the sound system and cue "Disco Inferno" when activated.

April 26 2007 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dpk

Brilliant. I assume that the owner's insurance will cover accidents that occur because their car's security device is hiding the surrounding road and road occupants?

April 26 2007 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DriverG

And, by the way, though the pix might indicate otherwise, FogShield isn't designed to be IN the car. It's for use in a home or garage.

April 26 2007 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DriverG

When I was a kid, we rigged up a smokescreen using a washer fluid pump and fed the line directly into the exhaust pipe. Obviously not the same thing as this - the engine needed to be running - but man what a smoke screen. Straight out of Spy Hunter and it cost like $10.

April 26 2007 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

Dude how on earth can this distinguish between thieves and owners or normal people just walking by? And if it smells minty, wouldn't you want to hang out and smell the gas?

April 26 2007 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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