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July 15, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

There isn’t too much demand for household shrines in Europe, but India, where the middle classes love to shout orders at anyone within earshot, sounds a prime market for another of the latest how-did-we-ever-do-without-its from Japan reported in Electronic Business magazine: sound-activated shrines – clap twice and the doors open automatically to reveal a miniature altar, the interior lights up, and a recorded prayer starts to play; available in Buddhist and Shinto versions, it costs $675, and sounds just the thing to put a thorough damper on a lively party.

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