Monday, April 16, 2007

Want to drive someone crazy? Introducing the Annoy-o-tron!!!

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Yes... after my last encounter in the tutorial room, I went back to surfing randomly for a while and found this nice article on the Newyork Times and IHT. It was about interesting gadgets and why we have been buying up such weird BUT COOL stuff from places like etc.

What caught my eye at first was.....

"BEHOLD the Annoy-o-tron. The easy-to-hide magnetized device promises to drive a co-worker insane.

“The Annoy-o-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes,” assures the sales copy from ThinkGeek, its maker, which says it has sold 6,000 of the $10 practical-joke gadgets online since December.

“It is very annoying,” confirmed Jennifer Kuropkat, a ThinkGeek spokeswoman, who was a victim of the Annoy-o-tron during its testing phase. After three days of wondering where the brief ear-jangling sound — bzz-eee-eeep! — was coming from, she found the device hidden under her desk and managed to switch it off."

So I decided to go off to thinkgeek to check it out :

photo from thinkgeek

This is the description from thinkgeek:

The ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron would be useless against an army of Snowbots, but it's very effective at disturbing that guy in the sales department or your "friend" down the hall. With its thin design and embedded magnet for easy hiding, the Annoy-a-tron can be placed in a variety of locations. Select one of the three sound choices (2 kHz, 12 kHz, or alternating) and push the switch to the on position. Place it in a proper hiding spot and let the "fun" begin.

The Annoy-a-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes. Your unsuspecting target will have a hard time 'timing' the location of the sound because the beeps will vary in intervals ranging from 2 to 8 minutes. The 2kHz sound is generically annoying enough, but if you really really want to aggravate somebody, select the 12 kHz sound. Trust us. The higher frequency and slight 'electronic noise' built into that soundbyte will make a full-grown Admin wonder where his packets are.

    3 simple steps.
  • Turn on.*
  • Hide it.
  • Muahahaha...
Now this has gotten me thinking... what if I got a few of these.... placed them strategically in popular study spots in NUS, eg: tutorial rooms, study rooms, quite corners where people study and couples.... erm...

I would get CHAOS!!! MUAHAHAHAH ANARCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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