To tell you the truth, I never really gave the Lithium-Ion battery housed in my ThinkPad much thought until the tales of flaming batteries, hot gases and billowing smoke came to the forefront this summer. Dell and now Apple have announced massive Sony-manufactured battery recalls -- the first and second largest safety recalls, respectively, in the history of the consumer electronics industry. But, don\u2019t worry, both companies should be fine. Shares in Apple\u2019s stock rose 50 cents on Thursday, which just goes to show how much I don\u2019t understand the stock market.The other serious problem that continues to rage on this summer are the incidents of laptop loss and theft. It seems you can\u2019t pick up a newspaper or click on a national media website without reading about some private enterprise or government organization that recently suffered a laptop loss. Results from a recent survey found that\u00a0 81 percent of companies reported the loss of one or more laptop computers containing sensitive information during the previous 12 months. Even my mother is concerned about someone stealing her computer (even though it\u2019s a desktop PC, circa early 2000).So, while you may see two unrelated problems, I see a potential solution for the world and an investment opportunity for those with lots of extra cash. Most of us know there\u2019s technology out there can remotely \u201cwipe\u201d clean the contents of a BlackBerry, Treo or other handheld device if it\u2019s stolen or lost and the contents on said device are deemed mucho importante by the company. In essence, the technology kills the device\u2019s capabilities and the would-be thief or person-fortunate-enough-to-stumble-on-the-device can\u2019t do anything, except fantasize about how cool it would be to actually see it work. Cool stuff.My proposed company (tentatively called \u201cFlaming Batteries On-Demand LLC,\u201d it may need some work) would offer an electronic ability to remotely set off the battery so that it would catch on fire and emit noxious gases, thereby rendering the laptop useless and giving the thief a pretty darn good scare. It would offer a whole new meaning for \u201cfirewall.\u201d (Of course, there are a lot of liability and human rights issues that my team of lawyers will need to work through, but have no fear.) Just imagine the relief you could provide to your CEO when he calls you frantically, crying about how his laptop was stolen (\u201cright from the Starbucks booth I was sitting in!\u201d) just minutes after he got up to go to the bathroom. \u201cIt\u2019s not my fault!\u201d he would scream. \u201cPlease! Help me!\u201dAnd you could calmly say, \u201cNo worries, sir,\u201d flick the switch on the Igniter 1.0 product, remotely set fire to the battery, and that little problem would be taken care of. \u201cYour new laptop will be ready first thing Monday morning, sir. Have a great weekend.\u201d How nice would that be?Care to invest in my new venture? Let me know.