Geek pranks: 15 high-tech tricks to haunt your co-workers

Don't be stuck with only sweet treats this Halloween. Try these 15 high-tech tricks to make your co-workers wonder who's haunting them.

By , ITworld |  Offbeat, Halloween, prank

5. The Phantom of the Office

The Prank:

If you don't mind dropping a few bucks, you can grab some gadgets that'll take your intraoffice pranking to completely new levels. We're talking random beeping, buzzing, and keystroke magic -- things that, in my mind, are well worth 10 bucks.

The Process:

I can personally recommend ThinkGeek's Annoy-a-tron, currently $9.99; Annoy-a-tron 2.0, $12.99; and Phantom Keystroker v2, $12.99. Any of those will provide you with hours of joking joy.

The Final Product:

The Annoy-a-tron is a tiny and almost unnoticeable magnetized chip that makes obnoxious beeping noises at random intervals. You set the frequency of the beep (higher pitch = higher annoyance potential), then hide it anywhere you want -- under someone's desk, on the back of a computer, you name it. The Annoy-a-tron 2.0 adds an optional IM doorbell noise or super-high-pitched tone that only teens can hear.

The Phantom Keystroker puts a different twist on gadget-induced insanity: The device, which looks like a USB thumb drive, sends random commands when plugged into a computer. You can set it to make mouse movements, type random letters, or even just toggle the caps-lock from time to time.

These gizmos are guaranteed to drive your co-workers BEEPING batty.

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