A team of Scottish scientists has developed mobile phones that can tell you where your friends are or can warn you if it is going to rain.

Professor Roderick Murray-Smith of the University of Glasgow is working for Nokia on the point-and-find software.

Murray-Smith has already created prototypes of the ‘magic wand’ phones, and he predicts they will be on the shelves by end of this year.

As far as the using the new technology is concerned, users will simply have to wave the mobile phone in the air to get information about the world around them, as the next generation of phones adopt the technology of the Nintendo Wii to make them easier to use than ever.

While the basic technology is already in iPhones and some Nokia handsets, Murray-Smith is developing a host of applications to help people access information from the World Wide Web in the real world.

“We are working on linking people on to the world wide web in the real world, so they can use social networking sites to locate their friends in the real world, or point their phone at a building or a bus stop and find out the right information,” Scotsman quoted Murray-Smith, as saying.