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Weasley Clock Meets Twitter

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Posted by: Edward
December 03, 2009, 02:42 PM

Ingenious inventors have made further strides into creating a muggle version of the famous magical Weasley Clock from the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling.  FastCompany.com reports that a new version of the device has been invented utilizing Twitter to pinpoint the location of family members at any given time.  Known as the Magic Clock, this device picks up on "known locator-status words" from the Twitter feeds of linked family members, which causes programmed clock hands to be "driven to point to the relevant location on the dial, with a choice of Home, Lost, Texas, Traveling, Prison, Work, Church, Minnesota, School, Read Me, Doctor and, yes, Mortal Peril."  A video showing the device in action, can be viewed via this link.

As Leaky has reported numerous times in the past, developers at Microsoft have been working with similar technology using cellular phone networks for tracking family members for their aptly named Whereabouts Clock.

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32 Comments

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3703 Points

HA! “Texas, Traveling, Prison” ;)

Posted by Christine on December 04, 2009, 09:14 AM report to moderator
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363 Points

Sorry to put a damper on this but this clock has obvious uses for spying on people and monitoring their movements. This sounds too much like “Big Brother” for my liking.

Posted by KiwiBrian on December 04, 2009, 09:26 AM report to moderator
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That would be amazing to own! You know with a bit more science they could make it more accurate, like maybe use GPS and have there be something the kid could press if they are in danger. Ummm… That would be pretty amazing.

Posted by SteviexOctopus on December 04, 2009, 09:28 AM report to moderator
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372 Points

KiwiBrian- it’s no more than what twitter or facebook already does for “stalking” potential. Twitter is obviously a huge way to “stalk” people, but they all voluntarily put it out there- there’s nothing big brother about that.

Posted by Rinny on December 04, 2009, 09:56 AM report to moderator
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Amateur Radio Operators (Hams for short) have had this available for at least a decade. It’s called Automatic Position Reporting System. It functions thru a network of radio repeaters and connections to the internet. Take my hand-held radio, add a small GPS and I can report my position from nearly anywhere for friends and family to follow. It’s as accurate as the GPS unit (within a few meters) and runs in real-time. Many Hams have their car(s) equipped with an APRS setup. That makes it easy to find out where the car is. There is software available for PCs to display the position on a map. An Amateur Radio License is required to operate the radio transmitter. Local Amateur Radio Clubs offer free classes to get the License. These Hams are the same people who volunteer to provide emergency communications in the aftermath of weather disasters. In the USA, our national organization is at www.arrl.org. Info also available online by search engine using APRS as the keyword. 73’s (best wishes). I am K4NPF.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on December 04, 2009, 10:40 AM report to moderator
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261 Points

awesome!!

Posted by kyramp on December 04, 2009, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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4481 Points

Wow, that is crazy cool…and weird.

Posted by Smitch on December 04, 2009, 12:43 PM report to moderator
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3465 Points

@kiwibrian – ITA. Interesting concept, but way too much potential for abuse, IMO.

Posted by gaminette [GTFO!] on December 04, 2009, 12:56 PM report to moderator
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660 Points

I WANT ONE!!!!!

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on December 04, 2009, 01:51 PM report to moderator
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haha that’s..pretty funny

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on December 04, 2009, 02:41 PM report to moderator
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3417 Points

This looks interesting but I want one that doesn’t use twitter. Maybe one like the Whereabouts Clock Microsoft has been working on which uses cell phone networks.

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on December 04, 2009, 11:59 PM report to moderator
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586 Points

That’s really cool!

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on December 05, 2009, 08:03 AM report to moderator
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1742 Points

hahaha

Posted by wing on December 07, 2009, 05:34 AM report to moderator
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80418 Points

Some people need to get a real job!

Posted by Won_Two on December 07, 2009, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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hahaha

Posted by wing on December 07, 2009, 09:39 PM report to moderator
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