A Real-Life Battle Network: Getting Closer?

Those of us who have played the Mega Man Battle Network series usually take some of the series' more fanciful elements in stride, such as everything in the world being connected to the internet. After all, it's just a video game, right? Well, not for Brooklyn resident Andrei Melnikov, who discovered a startling secret about his PDA, as ABC Eyewitness News 7 reports:

Melnikov has had the PDA three years and says this is the first time it turned on his oven. Even still, he's shaken and says he can't sleep knowing it just might happen again. He and his wife have pet chinchillas and are thankful that Melnikov didn't leave the apartment while the oven was cooking.

It's certainly a bizarre circumstance, one which could lead some to wonder just how separate truth is from fiction.

The Consumerist adds:

I don't understand why the guy's complaining, other than the whole nearly-burned-down-his-home thing. How cool would it be to control your oven or other household appliances with a phone? Braggart iPhone owners, let's see you download an app that can match this.

And now the gauntlet has been laid down. Next thing you know, we're going to be up to our ears in cute viruses and Battle Chips.