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2010-01-12 06:40:00

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new optical sensing technology appears poised to change the way rainfall has been measured for centuries. Opto-Electronic Design, Inc. of Eden Prairie, MN has developed an optical infrared sensor that measures rainfall, the Rain Tracker RG-10 Rain Gage. The new rain sensor is about the size and shape of a tennis ball, and uses beams of infrared light to measure rainfall hitting its outside surface. There are no moving parts in the new sensor,...

2009-07-30 06:35:00

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- It may sometimes seem like the program content on your television is utterly mindless, but it turns out to be devilishly difficult to counterfeit it. A new burglar deterrent device, FakeTV, does just that: FakeTV produces exactly the same sort of light your television does. The idea is that when a burglar sees the light from an operating television shining through the curtains, he probably thinks that somebody is home and that he should move on to...

2009-03-10 07:10:00

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A new burglar-deterrent device boasts the world's worst television picture. "FakeTV" is not really a television at all, but produces the exact light output of a real television set. So, FakeTV fills a room with shifting, pulsating, fading and swelling light in thousands of possible shades of color. When a would-be thief views this light from outside the home, it looks like somebody is home watching TV. That is the point: FakeTV makes a home look...

2009-01-27 07:10:00

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Blaine Readler used to turn on his television every time he left home. He did this because an operating television makes a great burglar repellent. When a burglar sees the flickering glow of a TV through the curtains, he generally "knows" somebody is home, and he moves on to an easier target. One evening it occurred to Blaine that all the burglar saw was the light cast through the curtains, not the actual images shown on the power-hungry...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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