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High-Five, Smokey The Silencer 5:54 AM

I don’t know how they manage to do it, but many people are like dorks in the kitchen! They get two left-feet and splatter the whole place with mess! To top it off, invariable the smoke alarm goes off, thanks to clumsy ventilation and cooking! This situation is both funny and radical, coz you can’t have the smoke alarm go off for nothing! Rectify the situation with an anti-smoke alarm; welcome Smokey the Remote Smoke Alarm Silencer! No more hurrying to remove batteries of the alarm.

This everyday kitchen timer hosts an XBee chip that communicates wirelessly with the smoke alarm. So when the alarm goes off, simply press his hand to temporarily silence it until the smoke clears.

I like the cute explanation that the designer has given for its timer function.

“When the alarm is not going off, enjoy Smokey as a lovable kitchen timer.  To set the timer, pull his left arm down - an LCD screen on Smokey’s belly will scroll through minutes 0-60.”

Almost sounds like a pet in the kitchen!

Designer: Beth Fuller

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