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6. Security > 79. Bark like a Dog

Bark like a Dog

You can protect your home with a real dog, or you can use the Robo-Dog to simulate one. And like any good dog, this module performs more than one trick.

The X10 Robo-Dog module (http://www.x10.com/security/x10_dk9000.htm; $60) is truly a strange beast. Its purpose in life is to convince visitors that a vicious, barking dog is waiting to confront anyone who enters the home. It does this by playing a recording through the built-in amplifier and 4-inch speaker, which dominates the unit, as you can see in Figure 6-14.

The dog, affectionately named ReX-10, sounds like a big dog with a serious attitude problem, provided that you’re not standing too close to the unit. If you are, it sounds like a recording and might even induce a giggle. For this reason, carefully consider where you place the unit. You’ll want it far enough away to mask its artificial qualities, yet loud enough to still be heard. Plan to spend a few minutes experimenting with different locations and volume settings when you set it up.


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