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I didn't quite understand what was up with this King Jim QR Code Clock until I read the description on Dottocomu, but I should have known to go with my gut instinct: that it had some use in entwining the otherwise free-floating souls of contract workers. QR codes are those fancy bar codes that are en vogue, and the Clock On CLQ1 uses them, in conjunction with a QR-reading cellphone (somewhat common in Asia), to serve as a punch-in timeclock. After registering with the clock, a Java app on the phone sends the information to a central, corporate server, allowing in-the-field workers to clock in to verify their actual working hours. While it might be possible to reverse engineer the QR codes, you can't just set back the clock—it sets its time via radio signal.

To further torment contract employees, future versions of this platform will add cartoon elves to the top of every report filed by remote workers.


Clocking on with King Jim's QR code clock [Dottocomu]