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'[EE] Linkman addiction gadget'
2007\10\23@153540 by M. Adam Davis

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If you haven't seen this yet:
http://www.linkman.com/

I thought the idea and implementation were neat.  I figured if it had
a PIC in it, then someone here did it, or knows who did.

Fess up!

If not, I'm thinking it could be done with an off the shelf LED
flashlight, a bit of PCB and a 10fxxxx PIC, and a dual color LED.

They're making mad money on it, though, especially if they ordered a
few thousand from Asia...

-Adam

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2007\10\23@161130 by Martin

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Yes $100 is a lot. I wonder if it's patented.
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MK

M. Adam Davis wrote:
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2007\10\23@163755 by Bob Blick

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I wonder if it's reusable, or if it only does one
quitting cycle.

-Bob

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2007\10\23@173619 by Timothy Weber

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Bob Blick wrote:
>> http://www.linkman.com/
> I wonder if it's reusable, or if it only does one
> quitting cycle.

For only an additional $99 they'll include a free "reset kit"...
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2007\10\23@191824 by M. Adam Davis

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They include a sequence of presses to be used to reset it.  They don't
mention batteries, though.  Looks pretty small, maybe a AAAA battery?

They do mention a patent on one of the pages, but don't give enough
info to easily find it.

-Adam

On 10/23/07, Bob Blick <.....bbblickKILLspamspam@spam@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
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2007\10\23@231305 by Peter Todd

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On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 05:36:04PM -0400, Timothy Weber wrote:
> Bob Blick wrote:
> >> http://www.linkman.com/
> > I wonder if it's reusable, or if it only does one
> > quitting cycle.
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> For only an additional $99 they'll include a free "reset kit"...

It's interesting that when you think about it, charging so much for the
reset kit makes perfect sense psychologically. The whole point of the
device is that it's taking the decision making control from you. If it
were easy to reset, you'd have a way to regain that control.

Another possibility would be to make resetting it a very time consuming
and contrived thing to do, say, having to hit the right sequence of
lights for a whole hour. But not as profitable... :)

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2007\10\24@001400 by Charles Craft

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Q: Is there a way to reset the Linkman?

A: Yes.  There is a secret way, only discussed here.  We don't recommend resetting it - it's best to quit on your first try, but if you really need to reset it, here goes:

Click 5 times rapidly.  Wait one second.  Click 1 time, wait one second.  Then 4 times rapidly.  One second.  1 time.. one second, then 5 times again.  If you have done it properly, then the Linkman wil reset itself to the initial programming mode.

If you did it wrong, just try again.



2007\10\24@080711 by Timothy J. Weber

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Charles Craft wrote:
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>> On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 05:36:04PM -0400, Timothy Weber wrote:
>>> For only an additional $99 they'll include a free "reset kit"...

(joking) (a new one costs $99)

>>From the support section:
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> Q: Is there a way to reset the Linkman?
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> A: Yes.  There is a secret way, only discussed here.

That's interesting...  How secret is it if it's on their support forum?
 I would've made people call in and fax a note from their doctor.  :)
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2007\10\24@102416 by alan smith

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wow....another.....if you can market it right....you can sell it.  Im sure its patented....in one form or another...micro that has a switch and an LED that keeps track of last pushbutton and then lights up the LED...yeah....how hard...
 
 So you wonder...how many of these are they selling?  Cost..gotta be around $10 even in qty so what a mark up.  I keep telling myself....im in the wrong business....or have the wrong connections!!
 
 Hmmm....cows in the back field....cow crap....wait!!!!!  cow crap...plus a ISD chip that says moo.....christmas time.....oh boy....ima going to be rich!

Martin <martinspamspam_OUTnnytech.net> wrote:
 Yes $100 is a lot. I wonder if it's patented.
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2007\10\24@111000 by Alan B. Pearce

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>  Yes $100 is a lot. I wonder if it's patented.

It reckoned it is - on the web page - probably in Uzbekistan or somewhere
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