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Fireproof User Research - 20% of all deaths in home fire occur when the smoke alarm battery is missing or dead. People tend to remove the battery due to nuisance smoke alarms that are difficult to silence, rendering the alarm useless in an actual fire. In particular, the elderly and mobility impaired have difficulty reaching smoke alarms to silence them. Design solutions make it easy to silence nuisance alarms, thus decreasing the impulse to remove the battery.
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Smokey the Kitchen Companion - Smokey is a playful character who lives happily on your refrigerator in the kitchen. He serves two functions: (1) a remote smoke alarm silencer and (2) an everyday kitchen timer. He allows you to easily silence nuisance alarms that occur when cooking without having to climb on a chair or frantically remove the battery. Smokey is particularly useful for elderly and mobility impaired people who physically cannot climb on a chair.
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Both Smokey and the smoke alarm are equipped with an XBee chip allowing them to communicate wirelessly. When the alarm goes off, simply press his hand to temporarily silence it until the smoke clears. When the alarm is not going off, enjoy Smokey as a lovable kitchen timer. To set the timer, pull his left arm down - an LCD screen on Smokey's belly will scroll through minutes 0-60.
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Smokey the Kitchen Companion
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Smokey the Kitchen Companion - Smokey's right arm lights up when the smoke alarm goes off. Press his hand to temporarily silence the alarm until the smoke clears. Both Smokey and the smoke alarm are equipped with an XBee chip (similar to RF chips used in remote controls) allowing them to communicate wirelessly. When the alarm is not going off, enjoy Smokey as a charming and lovable kitchen timer. To set the kitchen timer, pull smokey's left arm down - an LCD screen on Smokey's belly will scroll through minutes 0-60.
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Fireproof iPhone App - Use your cell phone to silence nuisance smoke alarms. Instantly access information about the best fire escape routes and smoke alarm placement in your home.
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Lightswitch Control - Silence nuisance smoke alarms with the push of a button. As part of your light switch plate, this smoke alarm control is accessible, yet visually unobtrusive. The smoke alarm is installed on the ceiling or as part of an attractive pendant light fixture.

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