My wife takes classes at a local university, and they have recently started using the iclicker. She got hers today, and I immediately started scheming. It’s $40 so I don’t really want to go out and buy another one just to take apart, but it’s still pretty tempting. All in all, I’m fairly disgusted by the whole thing (especially since I’m sure her uni is making a bit of a profit off selling her this thing). She has to go to their website – the company’s, not the university’s – in order to tie it to her student ID. Looks like it might be susceptible to jamming, at least (maybe a modified 900MHz cordless phone?). Unfortunately, my wife won’t let me take hers apart, but it might almost be worth sinking $40 into it to see what I can do with it. Of course, I wouldn’t use my knowledge for Bad, but I wonder how much thought has been put into this thing’s security? It’s tied to your student ID, after all.

2 thoughts on “iClickwhat?

  1. Uni’s do not make money off clickers. If you ask a book store employee about them they will likely tense up as well. These things are 100% the publisher…
    Try buying a used one. There are a ton around as the publishers ensure they are only good for certain lectures…

  2. I’m sure the employee would, but it would be the manager I’d like to ask. There’s a heck of a discrepancy between the $26 list price (granted, in USD) and the $40 at the till though. Their FAQ says “it will cost no less than $25” – which I take to mean that’s what they charge the bookstore. Conversion + S&H doesn’t explain hthe $14 per unit difference.
    Not sure what manufacturers have to do with it though – presumably one is expected and encouraged (by both manufacturer and department head) to build one’s lecture around it, and I doubt the manufacturers hold a gun to the head of faculty to get them to use it.
    It seems like they’re more popular in science classes than not, thankfully – my wife has two courses for which hers is required, neither of them are history (her major).
    They strike me as cheap parlour tricks to engage the attention of students who otherwise wouldn’t be paying attention. My own inclination is encourage those students who don’t want to be there to leave, and get out of the way of the real students, but that’s just me.

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