Gotcha Gadgets

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Release Date
March 01, 2015
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This set of customizable gizmos includes a book of games, pranks, and jokes that make the most of them. The 16 different sound-and-gizmo combinations offer limitless opportunities for immature humor. Follow simple instructions to wire a door alarm, motion sensor, light sensor, or push-button device; then program it with one of four funny sounds. Comes With: circuit board, speaker, LED, battery clip, photoresistor, switches, project wires, alligator clip, gadget dock, gadget case, 4 gadget covers, 2 doorbell hangers, 2 door alarm hangers •Create wonderful things • Be good • Have fun

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Funny Sounds, Semi-serious Science
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“Science In The Service Of Immaturity.”

If your child is interested in intro-level gadgetry, practical jokes, or basic security measures, this may be just the gift to occupy both their mind and sense of humor. The kit/book combo comes with a circuit board, speaker, LED, photodetector, door alarm switch, push-button switch, component wires, switch pin, battery clip, choose-a-sound switch, and alligator clip. The book itself is a light 32-page paperback with explanations, examples, and colorful circuit-based illustrations all appropriate for an 8 to 12 year old.

*As the disclaimer on the package fairly warns: “You need a 9-volt battery, tape, a little curiosity, and a lot of attitude.”

Sound effects include: applause, sad trombone, scream, and (of course) a sort of farty sound. The emphasis is on pranks and privacy alarms, but the instructions on setup and execution of these different possible functions have a fair bit of educational potential. The book-based instructions include practical tips for preventing problems and troubleshooting complications that may arise.

The prank suggestions are generally harmless—no electric shocks or excessive meanness encouraged. For parents who can put up with the audio stimulus, I salute you.
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