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A new - and frankly bizarre - software application from Sony has harnessed Wi-Fi signals so that fans of noodles never need go hungry again.

The new X-Ramen Radar is a free PC-only application that uses PetaMap and PlaceEngine systems and Wi-Fi signals to pinpoint the exact locations of noodle restaurants in your vicinity.

The device then uses the location information and cross-references it with extensive listing of restaurants that have ramen noodles on their menu, reports.

Should a suitable restaurant be found within a 3km radius, directions, which are available in three options: by bike, by car or on foot, are sent out to the hungry user.

Restaurants appear as steaming bowls of noodles on the X-Ramen's Radar's display.

Rather like some of the other baffling recent innovations from the Land of the Rising Sun – ice cucumber-flavoured Pepsi and a male chastity belt, anyone? – there are no plans to make X-Ramen Radar available in the UK.

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