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Weasley Clock Ticks Closer to Becoming Reality

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Posted by: Edward
May 09, 2009, 09:03 PM

Those who desire a Muggle version of the Weasley family clock may not have much longer to wait for this type of technology to be available in their homes.  The Times is reporting this evening that researchers at Microsoft have completed user trials for their Whereabouts Clock.  As TLC reported back in 2007, the company had been testing this device which 'monitor[s] the movements of family members through their mobile phones.'  According to the article, the device 'works by identifying which cell of a mobile phone network a family member is in at any given time. When users set up the Whereabouts Clock they have to give each cell a name, such as “work” or “school”, by downloading software onto their phone.'  With this information, the clock would be able to assign a location to each person based on when they enter that cell.  Researcher Richard Harper spoke of the aims of this device by saying:

“We want it to give enough information to be comforting without giving so much that people feel they are being watched."
The Times goes on to note that Microsoft is looking at how to market the product, but makes no mention of its release.  Janice Day, one of those who tested the clock, said that she "didn’t like initially everyone knowing where I was - and I thought, Janice, you hypocrite. But by the end I was actually quite happy about it." 

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Interesting, that sounds pretty cool.

Posted by butterbeer bottle on May 11, 2009, 02:54 AM report to moderator
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Wow, that’s cool..
But to have it? Hmm… Let’s think about it first.. Hehe.

Posted by copimione is ROAR [OoM4] on May 11, 2009, 04:16 AM report to moderator
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I don’t want one at home,

Posted by Lily_Potter ~ROAR~ on May 11, 2009, 04:22 AM report to moderator
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Thats pretty cool!! I wouldnt get one – I like my privacy – but its good to see HP type products getting made beyond the basic wands and merchandise

Posted by Bella ~ROAR~ on May 11, 2009, 04:32 AM report to moderator
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3254 Points

I don’t want one at home,

Posted by Lily_Potter ~ROAR~ on May 11, 2009, 04:36 AM report to moderator
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just goes to show doesnt it, Jo continues to inspire =D one of the many reasons we love her <3

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on May 11, 2009, 04:59 AM report to moderator
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WOW! haha awesome! :D

Posted by gayle.marie [[ ROAR ]] on May 11, 2009, 05:24 AM report to moderator
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Lol I agree with face.in.book, it is kinda ugly. But still :)

Posted by Loony.in.Honeydukes (ROAR) on May 11, 2009, 05:31 AM report to moderator
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6978 Points

I want one of those!!

Posted by Slytherin Princess ^hiss^ on May 11, 2009, 06:17 AM report to moderator
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Haha! That’s awesome!

A weasly clock for us muggles :D

Posted by Prisoner Of Azkaban on May 11, 2009, 06:55 AM report to moderator
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Amazing, wonder if Jo willclaim inventors rights!! ha ha ;)

Posted by SnapesSilverDoe on May 11, 2009, 08:43 AM report to moderator
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That’s frickin amazing! I can’t wait for flying broomsticks or invisibility cloaks to become real as well.

Posted by Boy With A Lightning Scar on May 11, 2009, 10:28 AM report to moderator
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wow that is so cool i cant wait till it gets in stores. those of u who live in southern cal there is a store u can check out online wimsical alley

Posted by Allthatsparkles/potters on May 11, 2009, 10:30 AM report to moderator
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It’s still not the Weasley clock – that’s the only one I’d want

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on May 11, 2009, 10:35 AM report to moderator
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wow, that is a terrible, terrible idea! the only useful situation would be for parents to monitor little children, but little children shouldn’t be running off without their parents anyway, so i vote a strong no, please!

Posted by dtown on May 11, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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