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Facility hit counter

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A hardware-based hit counter in a variety of styles, built to look like a staked yard ornament or suitable for hanging in a window. It uses an IR beam to detect people passing to or through a door.

More a gimmick than really useful, but might give commercial outlets bragging rights as well as an easy way of tracking traffic. All versions come with a random increment feature which can be used to simulate traffic (specifically for home users going on vacation).

{Admins: Catagory suggestions? There is no Product:Sign and I didn't want to tie this too closely with either home or office use...}

phoenix, Jun 03 2002

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       not quite like banging on the counter though, eh?
po, Jun 04 2002
  

       I hated it when people banged on counter. Sometimes we'd be just a second away from finishing something and some rude sop would rap or whistle - what was really aggravating was if they put up a good fight while we ran them through the grinder before burying them out back.
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       If you've ever walked into a Radio Shack in North America, you've heard the little "ding-ding" of their door sensor. There's a counter hooked up to this thing, like an odometer that rolls up one every time the beam is broken.   

       They sell these things, too.
waugsqueke, Jun 05 2002
  

       Sometimes I think people would like it if I had a button to push … hmm.
reensure, Jun 07 2002
  
      
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