Chris Hand
2005/7

Semaclock

DINNER PARTIES WITHOUT THE FEAR

Semaclock is an Internet device for people with DEIPNOPHOBIA or other social anxiety disorders. Installing a Semaclock in the home means that sufferers need no longer worry about awkward silences and the crippling embarrassment of running out of things to say when entertaining guests.

Plugged into a home network, Semaclock connects to the Internet to retrieve news and topics of interest from one of the thousands of freely-available RSS FEEDS, and then displays them using the SEMAPHORE alphabet. Seating your guests with their backs to the Semaclock allows you to easily read the incoming items of interest without them noticing.

By default the device spells out the three most recent headlines from the BBC Entertainment News website, although this can easily be changed by the device’s owner to suit personal preferences, via a registered user account on the Semaclock website. Although the extensive Semaclock user manual and free wallchart both help with the process of learning the semaphore alphabet, a training device is also available to assist in recognition.



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