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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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165 Comments

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oh my god i want a weasley clock!!!! DUDE THATS AMAZING!!!!!!!

Posted by theREALGinnyWeasley on May 10, 2009, 10:19 AM report to moderator
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Thats…. Thats absolutely creepy…

I mean for the weasleys it works they’re all so close& such a big fam. Its probably hard to keep track, with them at hogwarts& all over the world& what not

…but REALLY…?

Posted by KaraDawlish on May 10, 2009, 10:32 AM report to moderator
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Wow, I don’t know how I would feel about this. It sounds like a good idea, but sounds like there wouldn’t be a whole lot of privacy. Although I think it would be really cool to have a Weasley clock, just not one that actually works.

Posted by Naners on May 10, 2009, 10:33 AM report to moderator
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Mr. Weasley would have a field day! I wonder if you can set one of the cells to “mortal peril”

Posted by *H*ROAR Mudblood Proud on May 10, 2009, 11:01 AM report to moderator
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I just hope Microsoft does a good job on it. This is the same company that gave us Vista.

Posted by Garden State Geek on May 10, 2009, 11:01 AM report to moderator
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Cool, if you look at it from the “Harry Potter awesomeness” side. Worst thing ever if you consider it from the “Oh noes, my parents will know where I am!” point of view.

Posted by Cellar Door [*SQUEE!*] on May 10, 2009, 11:02 AM report to moderator
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From what I see in the avatar, it doesn’t look much like the Weasley clock…
Other than that, it’s pretty cool :].

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on May 10, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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Awesomeeeee -

Posted by Rita_Dumbledore94 on May 10, 2009, 11:12 AM report to moderator
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That is so freaken awsome!

Posted by muggle..andproudofit =:) on May 10, 2009, 11:54 AM report to moderator
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Hmm. Interesting…

Posted by Christine on May 10, 2009, 12:01 PM report to moderator
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I know my mom would love this, because she could always have an eye on my brother and I. Maybe next mothers’ day…

Posted by D☺lphin♀500 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ on May 10, 2009, 12:06 PM report to moderator
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1930 Points

So cool! It might be super expensive, though :/

Posted by felixfelicis11 on May 10, 2009, 12:19 PM report to moderator
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umm… disturbing…. but cool if used moderately x)

Posted by Sophie on May 10, 2009, 12:22 PM report to moderator
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coool!!!! aswome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats soo cool

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on May 10, 2009, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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Wow thats great maybe I’ll have to get a cell phone now!!(LOL)

Posted by Big B [ROAR FTW] on May 10, 2009, 12:45 PM report to moderator
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