Chinese tech company Qihoo 360 last week released its next-generation P1 Wi-fi router, which features a completely useless function meant to “protect” pregnant women and their babies by minimizing the emission of electromagnetic radiation.
At the launch event, Qihoo 360’s president and CEO Zhou Hongyi said the product is targeted at people who are afraid of radiation. He added that the router, though made for pregnant women, will still have an option allowing non-gestating individuals to strengthen the signal if needed.
The addition of the “pregnancy mode” has led to a collective cry of “bullshit” from web users, and even from competing tech giant Xiaomi, which accused the company of using “scare tactics” to sell its products.
Professor William Cheung Sing-wai from the department of electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Hong Kong told SCMP that the amount of radiation emitted from Wi-fi routers is too small to be considered an actual threat to the safety of people or fetuses. In truth, the level sent out by a Wi-fi router is only about three to four percent of what the industry considers to be hazardous, he added.
Qihoo 360 launched its new router just a day after Xiaomi’s Mi Wi-Fi hit the market. The high-speed connection router totes a 6TB hard drive to store multimedia content, but not a single feature to ensure the health of your unborn baby.
When asked about the competition between the two companies, Zhong said they’d just have to wait and see which side has a more “profound understanding” of Wi-fi routers.
By Crystal Lau