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March 04, 2015

Philly native creates device that tells you where Obama is right now

The device can tell you whether the president is in D.C., elsewhere in the country or abroad

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Obama detector Source/Twitter/Andrew McGill

Andrew McGill created an "Obama detector."

A Philadelphia native has engineered a device to will tell you the current location of President Barack Obama.

Andrew McGill made his "Barack Obama Detector" — which tells you whether the president is in Washington, D.C., elsewhere in the United States, or abroad — at his job at the National Journal, Philadelphia Magazine reported. 

He built the device in about an hour and for less than $100 using an Arduino, a microcontroller device that employs an open-source platform. People have used the Arduino to make auto-lacing shoes, a flame-throwing Jack-o-lantern, a jacket-mounted turn signal for bicyclists, and now a thing that tells you where the leader of the Free World is.

You may be familiar with McGill as the creator of, a web site that tells you who's been arrested in Philadelphia every 30 minutes by scanning court documents.

McGill explains his device further here.

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