Jeremy Willden created a gadget to end the difficulty of getting his children up for school. He took his home Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) system and added paging speakers. He ran a set of the speakers into his childrens' rooms. Every school day, a cron job on the server generates a set of Asterisk Call files that trigger pre-recorded announcements at specific times. At 8 a.m. the message says, “It's 8 o'clock, time to get up.” At 8:10 the message says, “It's 8:10 and you should be eating breakfast by now.” New messages are played until it's time for the children to walk out the door. For those who don't have VoIP, Willden also developed a system that can be run on a home PC.
Silly. You forgot the high voltage neuralizer that modifies their brain patterns to be more obedient and a pre-program to instill in them a deep desire to support you in luxury in your retirement years.
Everyone I know does that with their morning wakeup call to the kids.
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Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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