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Cordless phones, why!! the horror of
looking for them, under piles of clothes,
papers, behind that dish or vase. What we
need is a phone that, when it detects that
it is away from the charging base for a
predetermined period of time, will jump
off the couch, grapple from within clothes
with tank tracks, lift itself out of
obscurity and head back to its basestation,
where it can recharge, knowing that it will
be lost again.
As a warning, and to train owners not to
lose cordless phones (or for use as a really
really bad joke), it comes with a security
packet of ink, that, when it get's lost for
more than a couple of days, it shoots its
ink everywhere, causing permanent
damage everywhere. There's also a button
on the base station that allows you to set
off the ink bomb remotely, for those really
roudy teenagers that always take the
cordless into their room for hours per day.
Maybe this should have been 2 seperate
ideas, but oh well.
Cordless To Me
[theircompetitor, Jun 01 2007]
[xandram, Jun 01 2007]
||Alternative to tank tracks: a small(ish) balloon and an on-board tank of helium - the phone floats up to the ceiling, shedding clothes, cushions and the newspaper; homes in on the base station using propellor/whatever (complications arise if it's in a different room...) and settles down to recharge as the helium is pumped back into the tank.
||\\Maybe this should have been 2 seperate ideas, but oh well.\\ I think you're pushing it at one really. The second idea is pretty rubbish.
||This phone sounds like it'd have plenty of trouble with stairs. That said, I can think of someone who might need a Go Home Phone.
||Suction pads for wall-crawling? Or would this be too hard on the battery?
||The helium option gives me visions of the thing going off while wedged under a sofa.
||Maybe it should just cry like a baby until picked up?
||Can't you just call it to find it? Mine has a little button to push on the base that rings the handset.
||Amazing, [xandram]! I've never seen a baby like that.
||Utterly creepy, and utterly bunned by me.
||[pertinax] See link, though I don't see it explained here. One presses the intercom button and can hear a (different) ringing than a phone call. It also has Talking Caller ID which is pretty funny with it's pronunciation.