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I saw a commercial for the latest Samsung Android smartphone
which has a neat feature. Using the front-facing camera, it follows
your eyes when a video is playing and automatically pauses the video
if your attention is diverted. I also saw an HB idea about a pot which
detects a boil-over condition
raises itself off the burner if such a
condition is present. My idea is to combine these two technologies to
enforce the myth that a watched pot won't boil.
Right before the contents of the pot start to boil, a webcam-style
camera scans the room for prying eyes. If anybody is looking in the
direction of the pot, it raises itself up and will not allow the boiling to
commence until all eyes are averted.
||and secretly does a 1 second call to one randomly selected person on your phone contacts list, so they will call you back, in order to maximise boiling over pot devastation distraction.
||+ I think this is good. (I just bought a camera with *pet mode*- it won't shoot the photo until the pet faces the camera and then the face triggers the camera to shoot.) Hooray for technology.
||Nice. My Galaxy Tab has a smile detection feature, so it
automatically snaps the picture when it sees teeth. I've gotten some
pretty interesting results.