Finger on the pulse

A UK teenager has come up with a lucrative – for him that is – evolution of the humble doorbell, adding new technology to adapt to a sadly changing reality.

With the increase in the ransacking of homes while people are out or abroad, inspired 13-year-old Laurence Rook to come up with a smart doorbell to fool burglars into believing someone is home.

This bit of wizardry is achieved by linking the doorbell to a mobile handset, enabling home owners to talk to whoever is at their door even though they me be thousands of miles away.

Better still, Downtime thinks, is that the doorbell comes in handy to talk to delivery workers who always seem to come calling the minute you slip away for a few minutes.

It be great to give instructions and not have to leave it up to the initiative of the delivery workers, who – let’s face it – are not usually that well endowed when it comes to initiative.

Well done, Laurence, but Downtime can’t help feeling a little envious of the £20,000 he’s already pocketed and the £250,000 he expects to make in his next deal.

Let’s hope he has built in some safeguards. If not, pranksters could very easily ring up a big mobile phone bill for users by repeatedly pressing their buttons.


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