Wireless ‘Rabbit’ To Monitor Your Child’s Web Use


July 18 2008

New technology will enable parents to monitor their children’s use
of the internet from other parts of the house.

The adults can be alerted of their kids’ activity by getting updates
on a wireless rabbit shaped device away from the computer.

Messages about status updates on social networking sites would appear
in text format on the ‘Nabaztag’ (Armenian for rabbit) device.

The technology, which is not on the market, is being developed by
one student on a summer IT programme between DCU and UCD.

The programme is designed to help greater communication between
parents who are often less computer literate and their kids who are
joined up to everything from Bebo, to MySpace and Facebook.

UCD lecturer Aaron Quigley said that the technology that is being
developed by University of Texas student Poornima Hanumara can be
used by parents to monitor children’s PC use. "The main purpose for
all of these projects is social connection not just for monitoring."

Professor Quigley said the programme could also make the rabbit
glow a particular colour to alert of danger if a child goes onto a
particular site.

DCU Professor Gabriel-Miro Muntean said, "commodity is there, we just
designed a way to remotely control it".

He said that the ears can also move on the rabbit device which could
also be programmed to send out another message.

"This is what the technology allows you to do and to link this with
what a child is doing is interesting," he said.

The project called ‘Connecting families by sharing the minutiae of
their lives’ is part of Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School
(ODCSSS) — a 12 week research internship that attracts international
and local IT students to DCU and UCD.

This is the fifth year of the project and this year several of the
projects could be adapted to be used for child safety.

At the end of the 12 weeks the project could be taken by a company
and adapted into a product.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS