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A machine/device is needed.

  1. Apr 11, 2010 #1
    I am in need of a machine/device that can do something.

    The requirements for the device are as follows:

    • I must not know the device is working
    • I cannot be in the same room as the device when it is working, so it must know when I am in the same room as it.
    • It must do its required task quickly, as to where I cannot walk in on it doing its task.
    • It must be unnoticeable, or extremely well hidden, so I do not know where the device is, and whether or not it is actually doing its required task.

    OK, what I need it to do, is to bring an article of clothing, from one side of my bedroom to the other. Just one article of clothing, once a day, on a one way trip from one side to the other without me knowing it did its job.

    Any suggestions? Money is not a problem. I cannot tell you why it needs to do this, because it will take the luck away from it.
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  3. Apr 11, 2010 #2
    You need a gremlin.
  4. Apr 11, 2010 #3


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    Sounds like an old cell phone I used to have.
  5. Apr 11, 2010 #4


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    I was thinkin' maybe a younger brother.
  6. Apr 11, 2010 #5
    Schrödinger's Cat
  7. Apr 12, 2010 #6
    I don't understand how a funny-looking car from the 70s can aid in this.
  8. Apr 12, 2010 #7


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    I'm sure there are any number of forum members who could make such a device. But given condition #1, how would you know the machine isn't just placebo?
  9. Apr 12, 2010 #8
    Sorry. There are people here at Area 51 who would be displeased with me if I divulged the full spectrum of capabilities of that funny looking car.
  10. Apr 12, 2010 #9

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    Okay, it's there and doing its job.
  11. Apr 12, 2010 #10
    I laughed. Out loud and everything.
  12. Apr 12, 2010 #11


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    Hahaaa, I had the same thought
  13. Apr 12, 2010 #12
    The reply make me laugh :rofl:

    The device is actually doing the job (move clothing), which is contradicted to the requirement 'without me knowing it did its job'.
  14. Apr 12, 2010 #13
    So the engineering solutions would probably be along the lines of track or pulley/chain + motion detector + microcontroller or a hacked roomba. The hardest part will probably be picking up the clothes-is it from the floor or from a closet?

    Practically speaking, I think cats, dogs, and toddlers do these tasks quite well.
  15. Apr 13, 2010 #14
    Yes, it's called a well-paid maid/butler. They are virtually invisible in their tasks because most people think down on them, thus remaining outside normal consciousness.
    They are there and NOT there at the same time.
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