Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

Questionable New Study Aid for the Kids

I know someone (never mind who) who used to tie herself to a chair while studying in order to not randomly get up and go do stuff. (Obviously, she could untie herself in case of emergency.)

Now, there’s a new way to do that:

Parents struggling to get their kids to revise in the run-up to exams can now keep them at their desk using a ball and chain that only unlocks when they have studied for long enough.

Concerned mums and dads set the desired study time on the Study Ball and attach it to their child’s ankle.

A red digital display counts down the “Study Time Left” and the device beeps and unlocks when the time expires.

More info here

Who would win in a fight between Microsoft and J.K. Rowlings?

Both, I hear, are rather litigious at times (man, am I ever going to get sued). So, when Microsoft patents Harry Potter’s Magic Wand, how will that go?

“Newly-disclosed USPTO documents show that Microsoft is seeking patent protection for a ‘Magic Wand,’ a device with various gizmos and sensors that can manipulate and interact with its environment, including video and holographic images, while using biometrics to connect with the user. ‘Even the most pragmatic individual,’ explains Microsoft, ‘would have trouble arguing against the merits or utility of, say, a magic wand that actually worked to control or communicate with objects or components in an associated nearby environment.’