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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
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    Looks like all the good ideas have been taken already.
    Yeah I saw that but my toy isn't actually about the scratching, it's about the dangly 'fishing rod' toy bit - the purpose of which is to get cats active. My idea is still different from this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Bit mad, but hey, it's an idea: some kind of iPhone case that locks with a weird sort of puzzle, so that it takes 30-60 seconds of effort (or getting up to find the master key you've put somewhere) to open. Would need to be able to answer phone calls through it, but it would a) make it much harder to be distracted by your phone when you're meant to be focusing on something, by making it too much effort to go off task b) work as a way of making your alarm clock really hard to turn off so you have to wake up instead of sleepily swiping for snooze.

    A Chinese finger iPhone Trap, basically.
    A digital rubix cube that you have to get the colours in the correct place within an alotted time frame which will then unlock said phone otherwise it will not unlock lol ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    A digital rubix cube that you have to get the colours in the correct place within an alotted time frame which will then unlock said phone otherwise it will not unlock lol ?
    Need to build in the whole 'calling emergency services even though the phone is locked' capability though.

    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Who???
    I assume you for being a smart-alec lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    A digital rubix cube that you have to get the colours in the correct place within an alotted time frame which will then unlock said phone otherwise it will not unlock lol ?
    Oh god no, I'd never get into my phone again. Rubik's Cubes are beyond my simple brain.

    There are some iOS apps that do something like this for alarm clocks - make you answer a comprehension question, or solve a maths sum or something* - but a physical case would help in periods of "I should really finish editing this story but ooh Facebook/Flipboard/anything".

    *On a related note, Gmail once implemented a feature where emails sent during a certain time period needed a maths problem solving before it would send, to prevent drunk emailing of ex-partners.

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    Any more ideas? Can be anything you like as long as it is practical and can be made by a student with access to proper workshops

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    Any more ideas please?

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    Heard on Radio 6 yesterday: someone wishing that gloves/scarves made a sound when they hit the ground, so you would realise you'd dropped them. Could apply to a lot of things beyond just gloves & scarves, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Heard on Radio 6 yesterday: someone wishing that gloves/scarves made a sound when they hit the ground, so you would realise you'd dropped them. Could apply to a lot of things beyond just gloves & scarves, of course.
    What gadget do you wish existed - serious answers only please!-gloves.jpg

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    I know it exists already here but would be great to use something like this to grab the beers out of a large bucket / tub that has ice and cold water in , save me getting off my deck chair lol

    Although I was thinking smaller with a robotic claw like the arcade machines have, maybe a camera ( web cam / ip camera ) so you could see what you were trying to grab using the arm ( a screen on the remote control that links to the camera on the helicopter )

    Mini helicopter with robotic arm / Mini Helikopter mit Roboterarm - YouTube


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    Portable trebuchet? Who wouldn't want one of those.

    On a serious note, a tent that doesn't touch the floor except by feet. No more flooding and damp as the groundsheet gets older. Plus the grass will prefer it

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    What gadget do you wish existed - serious answers only please!

    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Portable trebuchet? Who wouldn't want one of those.

    On a serious note, a tent that doesn't touch the floor except by feet. No more flooding and damp as the groundsheet gets older. Plus the grass will prefer it
    A hammock inside of the tent for each person thats supported by a stronger tent frame



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