iAlertU, alarm for laptops

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cyberddot, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. cyberddot macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2003
    in a forest

    leads to a YouTube demo movie of an alarm system that takes advantage of the motion sensing ability of the newer Apple laptops.
    I saw a snippet on /. I think I'll try this out when I make the leap to a MacBook Pro!:cool:

  2. ecwyatt macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2005
    I just came across this. If it's real it'll be really cool.:D
  3. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    That's so sweet! :eek: My PowerBook G4 doesn't meet the requirements, however.
  4. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    If Apple did something like this so it became more widely known that that was the sound of a computer being stolen.. that would be incredible.
  5. Mac_Freak macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    Damn this thing is cool. :D I am just amazed at ideas that some people have.
  6. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Yeah i first read it from one of my news sites on my google homepage. Definatley up for that :).
  7. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Clever idea, but it does not really make that much sense.
    How many thieves run away with the laptop open? Most thieve will close the notebook, thus making the MBP go to sleep disabling the software.
    Second of all, its going through laptop speakers which are inherently not that loud. Personally I have not herd the MBP at max volume but how loud can it be? And even if it was loud enough, would anyone really care?
    Yes, some people will look and the thief will be alarmed, but I highly doubt anyone would care. Last week I remember my news station did an undercover story where they staged a child abduction in front of a group of people. Out of all the times they did it only once did anyone give it a second look or try to help the child screaming "Help, your not my daddy!".

    This is an interesting idea, but honestly if you leave your notebook in public you deserve to have it stolen.
  8. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

    May 26, 2004
    Dekalb IL
    Arm your MacBook

    I just read this on http://www.resexcellence.com its pretty awesome, apparently you can use the motion sensors on your macbook or powerbook to set an alarm on your laptop, so if you leave it in public and someone messes with it, the alarm goes off. And then it takes a pic with the built in camera, to help identify the thief.

    The story is here

    and the video is here

    [Moderator note: thread merged]
  9. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    That's pretty awesome. I like this idea since I don't like people messing with my computer when I'm at school.... I wonder if this will work when you switch to the login in screen, since this is what I do when I don't want people meddling in my files.

  10. bluedevil14 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2006
    Washington, DC
    this is one of the coolest things i have ever seen
  11. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

    May 26, 2004
    Dekalb IL
    yeah... this really is the coolest thing ever.
    what would make it better... is if the camera would keep taking pictures and then post them on a website for as long as it had internet access..... that way you could see who it was, and maybe even see where they are going.
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The coolest thing ever would have been what I was hoping to read about when I clicked on the thread title...adding a rocket launcher to my PowerBook. ;)
  13. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

    M. Malone

    Mar 11, 2004
    Here's what I'd use :D


    my little brother has one of these, you place it under and object, and whenever someone picks up that object, it bangs, really loud, makes your ears ring, now imagine a thief, with all that adrenalin rushing through his veins, he's about to make a steal worth $2,500. BANG! he either faints, freezes, and you know it'll get everyone's attention :D
  14. musicalmcs8706 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2006
  15. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    I also noticed this on YouTube. Definitely one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

    On a side note, c'mon people. This is clearly aimed at college students who want to prevent against casual theft. You could get a kensington cable instead, but of course you could cut that pretty easily. It's also just plain awesome.

    EDIT: Would be cool if the iSight could snap a pic, too. Hmmm....Patent pending.
  16. Paragon macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2006
    I like :)

    With some applescript to upload that image to your iDisk, it'd be more useful. It'd prevent the image being used by the thief as a "this is how I did it" pic :rolleyes:
  17. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    We'd probably get quite used to hearing it. Thieves like Macs almost as much as we do.
  18. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I hope it is soon compatible with iBooks and PowerBooks (G4 laptops). I know you would need an external iSight for it to take pictures, but I am planning on getting a webcam, so that'd be pretty cool. :)
  19. Ish macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    . . . or jumps like crazy and your laptop goes crashing to the floor!

    Read somewhere recently about an app that could be installed that would take pictures after the laptop was stolen and send them off to a prearranged address when connected to the internet. Or something like that anyway. Can anyone remember what that was? Meant to keep a note of it and didn't and now I can't find it.
  20. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    It'd be pretty useless with an external camera, since the thief would naturally disconnect all the plugs before moving the machine ;).
  21. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    Well, that's true, unless the guy was going for a full-fledged theft and wanted the iSight as well.
  22. Malcster macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    It goes off it you close the lid. (altho that covers the speakers so not sure how loud it would be!)

    Beta is out now.

  23. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    i saw this last week from the Cult of Mac blog. Does anyone know if the laptop's alarm is affected by "mute" as the Cult of Mac article suggested? :)
  24. Malcster macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Current features:

    * Mute button override
    * Volume max when alarm is active
    * Flashing screen when alarm has triggered
    * Idle sleep disabled when alarm is active

    Features under development:

    * Camera integration
    * Email snapshot on network availability
    * Forced sleep disable for duration of alarm
    * Audio output jack disable for duration of alarm
    * User selectable sensitivity
    * Visual deterrent that alarm is set
  25. kasei macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Did you arm your PowerBook/MacBookPro?

    I saw this piece of software and thought it was the best thing I have seen in a long time:

    If you are like me and you leave your Powerbook alone in public all the time, then you’re always worried about it getting lifted. But good news, you no longer have to chain that Powerbook to the desk. Yes my friends you can now arm your Powerbook’s alarm.

    Thanks to the motion sensor in the Powerbook, the thief grabs it, moves it, and the MacBook/Powerbook goes crazy!

    The best part? You can arm and disarm it with your Apple Remote if you have the new MacBook Pro. Or maybe the best part is it makes that typical car chirp when you arm or disarm it. LOVE THAT.

    Here is a video of it in action.

    Check out their site, and you just might crack a smile like me at some of the really neat independent software that’s out there for the Mac.

    [Moderator note: thread merged]

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