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Brain Waves

You can sell: finger paints, child chairs, smart sprinklers

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This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The scarecrow finally got his brain. Instead of just hanging around in your customers' gardens like his passive predecessors, the Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler uses the brain the wizards at Comtech Electronics Inc. gave him--a motion sensor that detects pesky animal intruders and shoots a stream of water to frighten them away.

The Scarecrow runs on two 9-volt batteries and attaches to a garden hose. When it detects a bird or any other garden intruder, it sprays a stream of water for three seconds. The sprinkler head can be adjusted to different spray distances and switched from "spray" to "jet" settings.

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