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Weasley Clock Ticks Closer to Becoming Reality

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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363 Points

Not sure if I like it. This could bring up several privacy issues and would be easy for someone to abuse.

Posted by KiwiBrian on May 10, 2009, 04:18 AM report to moderator
707 Points

cool! but its microsoft so it might not work…

Posted by NyssaM [FTC!!!!] on May 10, 2009, 04:33 AM report to moderator
34 Points

If twitter is any example this will be a success.

Posted by ebcjoel on May 10, 2009, 05:53 AM report to moderator
5439 Points


Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on May 10, 2009, 06:38 AM report to moderator
4024 Points

Interesting. Sorta cool and creepy. But the nevertheless a worthwhile thing to have. “A Weasley clock for us muggles!!” :D

1042 Points

Coolio!! :)

Posted by loony_slytherin on May 10, 2009, 07:05 AM report to moderator
2408 Points

really don’t like this idea

Posted by KiwiMcI on May 10, 2009, 07:30 AM report to moderator
765 Points

This clock is seriously cool!

Posted by Verity Weasley on May 10, 2009, 08:19 AM report to moderator
194 Points

This is interesting on a couple fronts. One is that Harry Potter has become so mainstream that a big company like Microsoft would develop a concept from the books. The other is that our concept of privacy seems to be getting closer to that of J K Rowling’s wizarding world.

Posted by Rosemunde on May 10, 2009, 08:26 AM report to moderator
1090 Points

Cool! :D

Posted by *Adeline* ~ ROAR! :D on May 10, 2009, 08:58 AM report to moderator
25113 Points

This is so cool!

Posted by hpftw on May 10, 2009, 09:04 AM report to moderator
274 Points


I thought this was cool at first, but really?
Privasy much!
But if you bought one for it to be a decorative thing, it would be pretty cool.

Posted by Lilly-Angel1 on May 10, 2009, 09:04 AM report to moderator
2017 Points

Haha that’s really cool! I wonder if Jo will have one!

Posted by Looie [ROAR!] on May 10, 2009, 09:42 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

hmmmmmm. freaky and cool. but sounds kinda completicated in a way…. i want one exactly like the weasleys!!!!

4452 Points

but still cool!! i want 1!! but its soooo unprivate. atleast the weasleys one just has the basic categories!

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