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School Boy Invents Anti-Burglar Doorbell, Reportedly Makes £250,000

A 13 year old school boy from Surrey has come up with a new and innovative “anti-burglar” doorbell that fools intruders by giving them the false assumption that someone is home, even when it is not so.

The doorbell reportedly earned Laurence Rook, the genius behind its invention a hefty amount of £250,000.

The doorbell alarm, according to Laurance, dials immediately the mobile phone number of the homeowner as soon as its button its pressed, thus allowing the homeowner to talk to the unwanted guest from wherever he or she currently is.

'If you are out and a burglar comes up to your door and rings the doorbell, after ten seconds Smart Bell will ring through to your mobile phone and you will be able to answer,” the little genius claimed (opens in new tab).

Apparently, Laurance also programmed the device to add a little white noise in its audio output, just to make sure that the output voice sounds similar to that originating from an intercom connection, thus never allowing the intruder to have a grasp of the fact that the user actually is not at home and speaking from a remote location.

Reports are that, he has already sold 20,000 units of the device, dubbed Smart Bell to Commtel Innovate, a telecom company, while negotiations are believed to be on with another firm, which also add the “Smart Bell” into their inventory.

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