June 5, 2012

Million Dollar Idea

And I will let you all in on the ground floor.

Insty links to this Popular Mechanics post

Where has all the darkness gone? Appliances, toys, and gadgets fill our nighttime hours with an ever-present glow. In this edition of "Don't Ask Glenn," PM Tech Editor Glenn Derene says it's time to turn off the extraneous illumination.

The chances that designers will listen to either Glenn is low. I think constant LEDs are here to stay.

I was thinking of buying LetraSet® ScreenTone to tone down LEDs in le condo d'Amour. That would allow you to see if it were on but not light the world like the 1000W Ellipsoidal Green LED on front of my TiVo.

Would people buy this? No. I want to sell it as an advertising specialty. Give away a sheet at a trade show with 20 little 3/4" self adhesive dots and room to print the company's logo and URL. You could provide different screen percentages or just expect people to use two on a harsh one.

Technology Posted by John Kranz at June 5, 2012 5:38 PM

I'm thinking more of another switch that says "turn off/on indicators".

Modem and router lights that blink, outlet strips that shine, even the breathing of the macbook pro.

I want to choose to have them off please without actually turning them off.

Posted by: Terri at June 6, 2012 8:43 AM

Dang Libertarians! Making perfect the enemy of the good again!

Well, yeah, but you are not going to redesign every piece of gear you buy. But you can put a sticker that blocks 50% of it, or two on a particularly offensive one.

Posted by: jk at June 6, 2012 9:43 AM

The last LED alarm clock I bought had a "bright/dim" switch. The dim setting was distracting to aircraft in the nearby DIA landing approach so I had to disassemble the darn thing and apply translucent red tape across the face of the amber (as I recall) display to attenuate it. It still wasn't enough so I applied a second layer of tape. Now I can sleep (and aircraft don't buzz the bungalow.)

Sounds like a winning idea to me, man.

Posted by: johngalt at June 6, 2012 2:57 PM | What do you think? [3]