This is actually a design brief, but the game part involves defeating a major corporation’s internal IT security group.
This is not a drill, and it is pro bono.
Where I am currently working, IT has set the lock-out time interval that a computer must receive some form of input, either keyboard stroke, or mouse movement, to four minutes. After four minutes the user must log-on again. The time interval WILL NOT be lengthened, we’ve asked.
Normally this wouldn’t be (as much) of a problem, but our plotter/printer room is about a hundred feet from the design office and making a lap to fetch a print, copy, or plot easily exceeds four minutes, especially if your job is queued.
So, the problem is … how to “input” something to the damned computer when away from the office. There are several software “products” that address this problem but downloading to this intranet is strictly forbidden, and obviously traceable, so software is not an option.
It must be easily fabricated from readily available household products (or at leat readily available hardware store, hobby shop, etc. products).
It shouldn’t be too expensive because the cost will be borne by each employee (currently there are about fifteen people are waiting for this solution); and because if one of the IT nerds sees it it will more than likely be confiscated…
Power source should be stand alone; battery, spring, rubber band (we have a lot at the office), etc.
We have the same issue at my work, except it is 10 minutes and not 4. But I found a flaw in Windows 7 that overrides the security. I have windows media player always on and my computer always has “input”, never goes into “press ctrl+alt+delete and enter password” mode. I don’t know why this works, it just does. Please don’t tell my IT department, they will want to “fix” the problem.
I have that at home too, I think you can configure W7 to not go out of session when you’re playing music / video. Perhaps it’s configured like that by default, not sure at the moment. There could be a demo video which could be played on a loop.
Computer mice are quite sensitive all it needs is a slight nudge to keep the input.
Make a beam bot, and place it under a lamp. It builds a up a small charge in a capacitor that it then uses to turn a small pager motor. It gives off little bursts in half second intervals and can run as long as the light is on.
It will cost about ~$10 for parts and depending on your soldering skills some burnt fingers.
Does not circomvent any know corporate rules, it’s free, everyone has one… what more could we ask for? And if the IT nerd suggests that this was intentional one can always plea, “Gee! How’d that happen?!?”
Just one more example of Industrial Design making a better, safer, more productive work place. The WORLD owes an unpayable debt to you.