Terror-o-meter :: 2003


The Terror-o-meter attempts to provide citizens with an accurate, up-to-the-minute forecast of the threat of terrorism. By parsing Internet news feeds for specific keywords, the amount of terror-related content reported by the media is used to predict the upcoming impact of terrorism on our lives. This quantity is displayed on an easy-to-read needle meter packaged in an attractive, wall-hung device.

The Terror-o-meter contains an Internet enabled microcontroller that parses frequently updated world news feeds. It is designed to be truly plug-and-play, providing instant readouts after being connected to any DHCP capable network. The Terror-o-meter has been featured in Maximum PC magazine, the Deseret News, as well as many smaller technology and culture magazines. A Terror-o-meter unit has been stolen by Gear magazine. Shame on you. 


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