ThinkGeek Phantom Keystroker V2 - Time Delay Dial, Caps Lock, Keyboard, and Mouse Switches - High-Tech Office-Based Prank Device
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- HIGH-TECH OFFICE-BASED PRANK DEVICE - The Phantom Keystroker V2 looks like a harmless flash drive, but it will drive your friends and coworkers mad as you make random mouse movements and type out random texts and phrases.
- SWITCHES AND DIAL - It has three different switches on the side. Choose between Caps Lock toggle, Keyboard typing (produce phrases such as "I see what you are doing", and Pi to a bunch of digits), Mouse movements, or all three. It also has an adjustment dial to set the duration between pranks.
- MATTE BLACK - Comes in a sleek matte black color. It has the following dimensions: 2 1/2" long x 3/4" wide x 1/4" thick.
- USB PORT - Can only be attached to a computer with a USB port. It will also work on any OS.
- A THINKGEEK CREATION - The Phantom Keystroker V2 is a ThinkGeek creation and exclusive.
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HIGH-TECH OFFICE-BASED PRANK DEVICE. With the advent of the incessantly-beeping and easily-concealable Annoy-a-tron, ThinkGeek ushered in a new era of sophisticated office pranks sure to drive your friends and coworkers bonkers while you quietly enjoy the chaos you've unleashed. The Phantom Keystroker may look like a harmless flash drive, but it's actually a devious contraption of unlimited office-based torture. Simply discreetly attach the Phantom Keystroker to any extra USB port on your victim's computer, no drivers needed. The Keystroker emulates a keyboard and mouse and periodically makes random mouse movements, turns on/off the Caps Lock, and types out odd garbage text and phrases. A set of switches allow you to choose amongst these tortures or select all three. You can also set the time delay on a sliding scale between annoying "events." We recommend you don't set it too frequently to extend the agony. Your hapless friends will think their computers have been possessed or that they accidentally downloaded malware. As they admit defeat and dial tech support, you can rest easy with the amusement of a prank well played. Note: The Keystroker will NOT take actions such as00111001000 - oh, hilarious guys - As I was saying, it will not take actions such as clicking the mouse button, and it cannot trigger the return, backspace, or delete key. We're here to prank, not to run up someone's credit card bill, submit any forms, or wipe out their hard work.
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This is a fantastic prank, and still easily the best $11 I have spent in a long, long time, but if you are using it in a business setting make sure to keep the keyboard feature off.
When I saw this, I knew it was the perfect thing to fill those empty minutes between crises so I ordered a few. He and I share a long cubicle with him at one end, me at the other, backs towards the middle, about 12 feet apart. There is no way for me to access his 'puter without his knowledge, so I stayed late last night and plugged a USB extender into one of the lower ports on the back of his PC. I ran it behind his monitors then along the back side of his desk, added another extender, and was able to pop it out next to my tower.
I plugged in the Keystroker so it could load its' drivers, but left the features turned off. This morning, I waited until he was typing up a fairly lengthy email and turned on the Caps Lock and waited. My webcam is up on my cabinet facing back towards the room so nobody can sneak up on me, perfect for observing his frustrations. Sure enough, it must have taken him 10 minutes to compose his message, with a lot of back-spacing...hehehe.
I turned the Caps Lock off and switched on the mouse. For the next hour, he'd call over to me, "Hey come look at what my mouse is doing". As I turned around I'd switch it off, stare at his screens for a minute, mumble about him being off his rocker, then turn around and switch it back on.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, after switching the mouse on and off about 6 or 8 times, the switch broke! The little black speck in my picture is the "knob". Now I have no way to turn what I consider the best feature on and off.
Well I might have arguably gotten my $8 worth of fun just from this morning, I really think it should last longer than that.
For those unclear on how this operates, you have 3 features:
1) Caps Lock - will toggle the Caps Lock key randomly when they are typing anything.
2) Keyboard - will insert random letters and sometimes words or phrases when they are typing.
3) Mouse - moves the mouse in a somewhat random pattern.
The frequency these occur is controlled by a dial to the left of the switches. From my brief usage, it ranges from every few seconds to every few minutes.
Excellent concept and execution, poor quality materials. Depending on what you want it to do, it might be worth the price of entry.
Just my 2c worth...hope it helps.
At this point he has replaced his keyboard 3 times, ran multiple scans for viruses, malware, etc. Little does he know that I only left it plugged in the first time for about 2 hours. Today, it has been plugged back in but with a USB extender cable and then hidden inside of the case with other cables as to make it more discrete. At present he is leaving a Word document open and is actively asking it questions, e.g. "Who are you?" & "What do you want".
I honestly have to keep leaving the room so as to not pee myself laughing. But, this definitely is all determined by the person you are targeting and how well you can hide the device. Overall, great purchase and worth every penny.
The only warning I have comes by way of a story. I tried to use it to prank a guy who was on vacation. He gets in pretty early so I plugged it in the day before he got back so it would be in place when he got there. I forgot to set the timing wheel to it's highest setting so when he booted his computer he couldn't even log in. It kept typing stuff before he could finish logging in. So either set it to it's slowest setting or make sure they are logged in first.
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Had a great laugh with this and pranked my co-workers ... one of whom still has no idea what happened. Worth a laugh if you don't forking out for it. Just be careful and test it first as the keyboard function is a give away in how it functions.