Device fools burglars into thinking somebody's home

FakeTV uses LEDs, computer technology to mimic effects of television

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Strictly speaking, television is a pulsating blue light, which is why from the outside of a house, it makes it look as though the entire living room or bedroom is glowing blue while turned on. That's the basic principal behind a new device designed to ward off burglars.

FakeTV, manufactured by Hydreon Corp., uses LEDs to simulate the light produced by a television set, using a built-in computer to produce effects that emulate variations in light and color that come from scene changes, camera pans, fades, flicks and on-screen motion.

"My wife and I were going out for the evening, and I decided to leave the TV on so that it looked like somebody was still at home," inventor Blaine Readler said. "I commented that it was a shame to waste all that electricity, when the burlgars couldn't even see the picture itself, just the reflection on the wall."


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