انا عندي احساس قوي انو الود دا مسلط و بتاع مشاكل...قال اخترع قال... دا اشتراها من محل الساعات و فكاها و غير شكلها و ركبها تاني....شكلو ود مسلط بحب الدوشه ومالاقي اهتمام في البيت..... غايتو يا خبر بقروش بكره ببلاش.
* صدقت دكتور جلاب إذ أن تعرض السودانيين علي الابادة علي يد الطغمة المتسلطة عليهم ألجأ بعضهم الي المهالك بحثا عن الأمان في الخارج.
* أما قصة الفتي السوداني الامريكي محمد احمد (المخترع؟!)، فهناك كثير من وسائل الإعلام الامريكية تتهمه بسرقة إختراع و انتحاله - للاسف - و وجدت في صنيعه - بحسبها - ما تشنع به عليه و علي اسرته و المسلمين.
* مقال يشكك في اختراع احمد:
Sorry Ahmed, your credibility has been shattered by the reverse engineering of your (in your own words) “invention“.
Taking the guts out of an already existing digital clock commercially produced by Radio Shack and putting them into a briefcase like pencil case does not an invention make.
Figuratively speaking, your briefcase clock invention scheme has blown up in your face. Which begs the question; what else are you and your family hiding?
Anthony at Art Voice breaks it down:
I found the highest resolution photograph of the clock I could. Instantly, I was disappointed. Somewhere in all of this – there has indeed been a hoax. Ahmed Mohamed didn’t invent his own alarm clock. He didn’t even build a clock. Now, before I go on and get accused of attacking a 14 year old kid who’s already been through enough, let me explain my purpose. I don’t want to just dissect the clock. I want to dissect our reaction as a society to the situation. ….
So I turned to eBay, searching for vintage alarm clocks. It only took a minute to locate Ahmed’s clock. See this eBay listing, up at the time of this writing. Amhed’s clock was invented, and built, by Micronta, a Radio Shack subsidary. Catalog number 63 756. [ed: Catalog number may be a typo originally intended as 63-765.]clock3-1024x754
The shape and design is a dead give away. The large screen. The buttons on the front laid out horizontally would have been on a separate board – a large snooze button, four control buttons, and two switches to turn the alarm on and off, and choose two brightness levels. A second board inside would have contained the actual “brains” of the unit. The clock features a 9v battery back-up, and a switch on the rear allows the owner to choose between 12 and 24 hour time. (Features like a battery back-up, and a 24 hour time selection seems awful superfluous for a hobby project, don’t you think?) Oh, and about that “M” logo on the circuit board mentioned above? Micronta.
So there you have it folks, Ahmed Mohamad did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation. It all seems really fishy to me.
If we accept the story about “inventing” an alarm clock is made up, as I think I’ve made a pretty good case for, it’s fair to wonder what other parts of the story might be made up, not reported factually by the media, or at least, exaggerated.
I refer back again to this YouTube video interview with Ahmed. He explains that he closed up the box with a piece of cord because he didn’t want it to look suspicious [1:26]. I’m curious, why would “looking suspicious” have even crossed his mind before this whole event unfolded, if he was truly showing off a hobby project, something so innocuous as an alarm clock. Why did he choose a pencil box, one that looks like a miniature briefcase no less, as an enclosure for a clock? It’s awful hard to see the clock with the case closed. On the other hand, with the case open, it’s awful dangerous to have an exposed power transformer sitting near the snooze button (unless, perhaps his invention was to stop serial-snooze-button pressers by giving them a dangerous electrical shock!)
Why indeed. Admittance of forethought?
Much more here.
UPDATE: Youtuber Thomas Talbot got the jump on Anthony:
This video shows that the supposed clock invention by a 14 year old is in fact not an invention. The ‘clock’ is a commercial bedside alarm clock removed from its casing. There is nothing to indicate that the clock was even assembled by the child. I suspect this was brought into school to create an alarmed reaction.
So, Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. President, Make Magazine (which should know better), and others: You’ve been duped. Please do recognize youths of all backgrounds who create wonderful inventions with electronics. The kid making press around the world did not invent or build a clock.