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Timothy Lord Discovers the Good Night Lamp at CES (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year and a half ago | from the lamps-that-like-to-turn-each-other-on-and-off dept.

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Many reporters go to the CES, AKA Consumer Electronic Show (warning - link landing page plays annoying sound) in Las Vegas to see the newest 42.001" LCD TVs, which are 0.001" bigger than last year's 42" models. And there are many boring Windows 8 devices, many of which both run Windows and can display the number 8. These items, along with keynotes from tech gurus like Bill Clinton (We're not making this up!) may be amazing to some news outlets, but not to Slashdot or to Our Man Timothy, who seeks out the new, the bizarre, and the unusual and -- without taking a dime from them -- lets their instigators talk to him about their wares. But it's got to be good stuff, not run of the mill incremental advances. Like the Good Night Lamp(tm), which was invented by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, whose "work has been exhibited," says the goodnightlamp.com/team page, "at the Milan Furniture Fair, London Design Festival, The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York." Now the Good Night Lamp people are showing off their product and trying to raise money through Kickstarter. But that's enough from us. We will now hand the microphone to Ms. Deschamps-Sonsino and let her tell you the rest.

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236 comments

Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545871)

He was a keynote in Chicago in the late 90's on the digital divide.
(granted he was president then)

Re:Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545993)

Well that's certainly been bridged at least in America. On to Africa...and beeeeyoooonnnnddd!

Re:Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546083)

I saw him give a keynote at McAfee's conference.

He's very charming. That's why he is used by the global elite to make so much horror palatable.

Two years later, McAfee brought out GW - I guess in the pursuit of "balance".

My dear God! I was embarrassed for the fellow - blinking under the lights. I cannot believe that this fellow can collect a speaker's fee, for talking about his daughters and painting pictures of dogs, at an InfoSec show!

Re:Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (2, Funny)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546183)

I think the only tech that people take seriously if it were promoted/introduced by Billy C, would be computer controlled sex toys.

They would take interest, and immediately not want one.

Re:Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546751)

He is certainly no "guru", not even in the women dept, unless you like heffers (in women and technology)...

Re:Bill Clinton has done tech shows before (0)

MrLizard (95131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546979)

Two words: Clipper Chip.
Some other words: He eagerly signed the CDA.

That's about all you need to know about Clinton and the Internet.

Wow (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545905)

Kickstarter seems to be getting seriously diluted. Everybody is using it.

Re:Wow (4, Insightful)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546007)

Kickstarter seems to be getting seriously diluted. Everybody is using it.

That's like saying the internet is diluted. The word you're looking for is *popular*.

Not that this is a particularly worthy project, though...

Re:Wow (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546851)

Not that this is a particularly worthy project, though...

It's not for me either, but that will be determined by number of people putting up their own money (or lack thereof).

Re:Wow (4, Funny)

OakDragon (885217) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546089)

Nobody uses it anymore - too crowded!

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546179)

You mean it's not limited to macbook carrying hipster douchebags only? Wow!!

*goes to fund some non-macbook-carrying-hipster projects*

!good (5, Funny)

stokessd (89903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545917)

Just what I need to have a blissful night sleep is a lamp that is controlled by someone else. Next up, let's put control of the toilet flush lever in someone else's hands while I'm showering.

Re:!good (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546243)

That could be fun...

Your toilet/urinal flush mechanism works... just for a different toilet urinal!

Re:!good (1)

Minwee (522556) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546617)

That could be fun...

Your toilet/urinal flush mechanism works... just for a different toilet urinal!

Rumour has it that Peter Molydeux is working on a project based on this idea.

Re:!good (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546623)

Ahh, the joys of listening to repeated flushing three stalls down, while the guy trying to take a peaceful dump screams in discomfort, while you try to send your log on it's way...

What could be better?

Re:!good (1)

Zarhan (415465) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546295)

Next up, let's put control of the toilet flush lever in someone else's hands while I'm showering.

Offtopic, but I always thought this meme was just something that happened in the movies. Is (American?) plumbing really that bad that when someone else opens a tap or flushes a toilet, you immediately get boiled in a shower? For real?

It's just that I've never encountered this effect anywhere. Sure, sometimes the hot water would be out due to a malfunctioning heater or something, but never had this effect of scalding hot burns right after someone else touches a tap..

Re:!good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546443)

I grew up in trailer houses and if someone flushed you would be doused with COLD water.

Re:!good (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546463)

Yes, it can be.

I've had houses where it was that bad, and others where it wasn't.

Comparing it to the plumbing from my stay in Russia.
In Russia, apartments were set up so the whole building had one hot/old water supply, and a lot of pipes going around to each area. Meaning opening a couple faucets (or flushing toilets) of one type wouldn't drastically reduce that type's pressure. It's cheaper, no toilet flush issue (usually minor anyway), however, if others use up all the hot water, there's none left until the much larger tank reheats (so you have less control over your hot water access).

In some American style houses/apartments, they solve the issue by having larger cold-water intake pipes that feed the separate fixtures.

Re:!good (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546841)

I am not sure if the US/Russia difference you mentions matters more than the house/apartment difference. The vast majority of apartment buildings I've visited or lived in the US, with more than half a dozen units, had large cold and hot supplies, so no single individual could exhaust the supply. Some of them would run short of hot water a little at rush times in the morning before typical work hours, but that seems to be less and less common as larger buildings switch over to on demand heating, instead of tank based heating.

Houses on the other hand tend to be a different story and much more of a mix. It depends on the water pressure in your area, and what temperature your hot water is set at. If your hot water is set to be really hot, so that you are using like 90% cold water and a little hot water, you will notice any changes in cold water pressure when it is replaced by hot, causing a significant change in the proportions.

Many local codes are now requiring that fixtures be of a type that doesn't change temperature as the water pressure changes in the two lines though. Even without that code, it is pretty easy to get such fixtures, so that is a lot easier fix than replumbing the whole house.

Re:!good (1)

L1mewater (557442) | about a year and a half ago | (#42547109)

I am not sure if the US/Russia difference you mentions matters more than the house/apartment difference. The vast majority of apartment buildings I've visited or lived in the US, with more than half a dozen units, had large cold and hot supplies, so no single individual could exhaust the supply. Some of them would run short of hot water a little at rush times in the morning before typical work hours, but that seems to be less and less common as larger buildings switch over to on demand heating, instead of tank based heating.

This probably varies a bit more by region or building type within the US. In every apartment building where I've ever lived, each apartment has had individual water heaters. In the dormitories where I lived during undergrad, the hot water was centralized. All of these were below the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi.

Re:!good (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546483)

It's only a problem for people with small pipes and/or bad water pressure in their homes. Most semi-modern homes don't have a problem.

Re:!good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546497)

Depends on where you are geographically and how old your pipes are. If you have poor water pressure in the system the toilet flush can create a temporary reduction in cold water. It's not scalding, but you can feel the temp difference. So.. if you're in an area with very little fluctuation in elevation or live in an old house with pipes that are semi-clogged with mineral residue from decades of use, you might have this happen. But no, not scalding, at least not that I've ever heard of.

Re:!good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546531)

It depends on the setup. Personally, I have a large reservoir to heat up water and it can support two people taking a shower at once. There is an issue with the normal (cold) water pressure. I can't say I've had someone flush the toilet as I'm showering, but I wouldn't doubt that the toilet would consume a good chunk of the cold water pressure and thus make the shower warmer by changing the ratio of hot:cold. Not by much though. I have lived in places where the change is sharp and jolting though.

A year ago there wasn't a pressure issue, but since it started the proper authorities on the issue stated that it is "within acceptable range" so they will not touch it. The issue is beyond the house, so nothing I can do about it.

Re:!good (1)

blackest_k (761565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546663)

It depends on the plumbing but yes if there is no device balancing the hot and cold supply pressures then with a sudden drop in cold water pressure then the proportion of hot to cold can suddenly change.

Although it is more common for opening a hot tap downstairs to drop the pressure of the hot water upstairs resulting in an icy blast of cold water. It is mostly a drawback of gravity based systems. Where a hotwater storage tank is used along with a header tank to provide the pressure. Mains water usually is at a much higher pressure.

If your using a basic shower where the feed is basically a y shaped piece of rubber pipe connected to the bath taps. You are likely to be vulnerable to this problem. With a power shower the pump will compensate for the pressure drop.

Re:!good (3, Informative)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546911)

The problem is that some people don't have pressure balancing valves in their shower, especially in older homes and are too cheep or lazy to get them put in. My house had that problem and it wasn't that hard to fix if you know how to solder copper pipe.

Re:!good (1)

Walterk (124748) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546363)

Oblig Big Bang Theory [youtube.com] .

Re:!good (1)

Critical Facilities (850111) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546441)

Obligatory Stephen Wright:

In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything. Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Madagascar. She said, "Cut it out." -- Steven Wright

don't give bad boss any ideas (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545927)

don't give bad boss any ideas and this can be a very bad one.

My favorite CES item (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545931)

Is the android-powered butt plug. No shit. It's got wifi and a web server so you can browse your ass and control the vibrations. There's also a web cam but I don't know why... there's no light and the camera will probably be covered with lube. (Hmm... sounds like a new instagram filter).

Re:My favorite CES item (1, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546127)

One end toothbrush, the other? Butt plug.

Use em TOGETHER, with someone you LOVE! :-)

(This message brought to you by the goatse.cx literary society.)

Re:My favorite CES item (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42547051)

This message brought to you by the "man from San Fran", Jeremiah Cornelius is more like it (especially on the butt plug part, as we all know what goes on in that particular town).

Re:My favorite CES item (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546229)

That's great news. This means Android is slowly but surely winning over Apple fanbois - one butt-plug at a time.

Re:My favorite CES item (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546461)

Butt plug. No shit. Ha ha.

Re:My favorite CES item (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546499)

Well, Android is all about assholes after all.

ZOMFG! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545947)

That is the stupidest "tech" I have seen this week!

What utterly useless crap. No one wants this shite!

It's nice and everything, but... (2)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545981)

That is a *lot* of money for something that pretty limited in its usage.

Re:It's nice and everything, but... (1)

alphatel (1450715) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546397)

It's a fascinating product. I for one, am fascinated how they found 100 backers.

Glad to see a product like this (4, Funny)

ddd0004 (1984672) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545983)

It's like the spirit of the "Jump to Conclusions" mat lives on

Use Instant Messaging instead (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545985)

Just set your IM status to "at home" or "asleep" instead.

Re:Use Instant Messaging instead (1)

TheLink (130905) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546203)

There's also twitter, facebook and foursquare.

"She's probably gone to bed" - because she said so and is actually offline.

"He must be out" -because he checked in at the mall on foursquare.

Or even "she's walking around this location" - because she's crazy enough to make her location public on some app: http://www.endomondo.com/login [endomondo.com]

Re:Use Instant Messaging instead (2)

KermodeBear (738243) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546451)

In addition, why on earth do I need to know someone's status all the time? This seems like a product for helicopter parents and stalkers.

Re:Use Instant Messaging instead (3, Insightful)

Pope (17780) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546879)

In addition, why on earth do I need to know someone's status all the time? This seems like a product for helicopter parents and stalkers.

No kidding: http://goodnightlamp.com/who/ [goodnightlamp.com]

Off to college
It’s hard when your children leave the nest, so give them a Big Lamp and you won’t have to feel like you’re nagging them for news. They’ll want to keep in touch with their school friends too.

Ugh. When I moved out of the country to go to university, my folks just called me if they wanted to talk, usually on Sunday afternoon. Sometimes we'd talk for a couple of minutes, sometimes for an hour.

This is a product for people who can't be arsed to make an effort to communicate with people they allegedly love.

Re:Use Instant Messaging instead (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546459)

I only post to Facebook when I do something significant.
I don't want to pollute my wall with trivialities.

"Timothy Lord discovers shrooms at CES" (4, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545997)

Judging from the tone and content of the "article" above, I'd guess that Timothy Lord discovered magic mushrooms at CES.

Its a nifty idea and all.. (1)

Hellbuny (444564) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546015)

But I really doubt she's going to get full funding.

Trying way too hard (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546023)

This summary is trying way too hard to be cute.

(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (0)

fantomas (94850) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546039)

"Like the Good Night Lamp(tm))"

Will you be revisiting all articles every time a company name is mentioned that has a trade mark to note "(tm)"?

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (3, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546155)

Good Night Lamp? Go The F*ck To Sleep! [youtube.com]

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42547095)

Most here'd be afraid to sleep with you around (as you're from San Fran's why, and we all know what you 'fellas' like to do)

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (1, Informative)

mapsjanhere (1130359) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546173)

Trademarks need to be defended. So if the Good Night Lamp is trademarked, and mentioned somewhere without the (tm) note, the company needs to write a letter pointing out that the name is indeed trademarked and needs to be marked as such. Easier to just put the (tm) on it in the first place.

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (1)

Albanach (527650) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546365)

What would they be defending it against? It was used in the proper context to refer to the item they are selling.

If Timothy had talked about a range of lights from multiple manufacturers as all being 'good night lamps ' then there would be devaluation of the trade mark. Similarly if he had turned it into a verb, saying "I'll good-night-lamp when I go to sleep, so don;t call if the light is off" then there might also be devaluation.

I'm at a loss, however, to see what you think is being devalued here and would therefore need the company to instruct their attorneys to send a letter.

That said, I'm not a lawyer. If you are, I'd love to know your reasoning based on actual statutes or case histories.

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546815)

well given that the band in question is a bunch of cool folks (assuming you are not in fact a band member or a man of Scottish decent) you may not be getting a letter from the band Albanach discussing why you are using that name (unless you just use it here).

Xerox Keenex and Band-Aid all used to be trademarks but have suffered from genericide.

Re:(tm)? we have to mention (tm) every time? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546965)

There is no requirement to put the symbol on trademarks (at least in the US), and there is definitely no requirement for them to be used by third parties who are using thing trademarked term in a legal way, such that the owner of the trademark can't make them take it down, conditionally or not. It is optional, purely as a reminder of the trademark status, which is particularly more important for under registered trademarks. It is the same as bothering to list the patents on a physical device.

I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546071)

Seems like a solution looking for a problem. Also, holy shit at the price. China will knock this off for $4.99 per remote house and $12.99 for the big one. Hell, I can build them for $20 a piece by hand (although I wouldn't bother with the $1 worth of plastic case).

Definitely the worst of CES.

fi8st post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546095)

Opinion in 0Ther 1. Therefore there

Bubble Tracking (1, Insightful)

teknopurge (199509) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546121)

More than anything I was interested to figure out what the leading indicators of the next industry bubble would be(after being in college during the 90s.com fun). My takeaway from this is while it's a fun gimmick, it's a solution looking for a problem. The fact it's getting traction in conversation is fascinating and provides greater insight than the concept itself.

college is the next bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546719)

college is the next bubble to many people are going and cost is to high.

Dear Muggles, (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546137)

I believe implementing the wizard's clock from Harry Potter would be a better, very similar, idea.

Re:Dear Muggles, (1)

MrLizard (95131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546745)

Ah, someone else made the comment I was going to. ++.

A descriptive summary would be nice (2, Insightful)

PPalmgren (1009823) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546145)

I don't really give a shit whether or not you're not Bill Clinton, tell me what the lamp does. I'm not going to click a video and turn my sound up at work.

The hell does this do?

Re:A descriptive summary would be nice (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546253)

Internet connected lamp. When someone turns the big lamp on, little lamps turn on too. So to answer your question, it does nothing useful.

Re:A descriptive summary would be nice (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546279)

You can click on the Show/Hide Transcript link and it will bypass the video and give you a transcript. Was it really easier to write a post complaining about it?

Re:A descriptive summary would be nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546603)

Was it really easier to write a post complaining about it?

This is Slashdot, it's ALWAYS easier to complain.

Handy for elderly relatives? (3, Interesting)

miowpurr (1004277) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546169)

This may be good for elderly relatives living on their own. When they turn their lamp on in the morning, you know they are ok. If it doesn't turn on by a certain time, have the police (or a trusted neighbor) run a "welfare check" on them.

Re:Handy for elderly relatives? (5, Insightful)

sandytaru (1158959) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546241)

Give them a call first - they'll appreciate that more than the police barging on their door if there's nothing actually wrong.

Meh. (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546175)

Meh, and double meh.

ick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546189)

The Goodnight Lamp is simultaneously among the creepiest and stupidest things I've ever seen.

CES request (4, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546205)

Please stop producing useless garbage in fancy plastic and metal coverings and give us high speed internet. And when I say high speed, I don't mean that watered down swill your ISP sells you. I mean "set my harddrive on fire downloading torrents" speed. I mean multiple 1080p streams of video over one pipe. I do not need an iWhatever, or a remote-controlled lamp... I need a network connection that doesn't suck so hard it's in danger of forming its own event horizon.

I don't care if it's wireless, or runs over copper or fiber, or if you have to shoot lasers through the sky. Get it done, people. We're about ten years late to the party as it is right now -- our infrastructure is rotten. Shannon's Law is kicking our butts, and we can only re-arrange bits of metal and plastic and input devices in clever new ways for so long before it's just old and busted.

The future is bandwidth. Get on it.

Re:CES request (-1, Offtopic)

xyourfacekillerx (939258) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546765)

If I had written this I would have been modded down to troll. All of my very similar rants have been. But this guy gets a +4 Insightful ?

Re:CES request (1)

Herr Brush (639981) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546921)

GP is girl who's into bandwidth. Big, fat tubes of juicy internet goodness. Plus the line "I need a network connection that doesn't suck so hard it's in danger of forming its own event horizon" was a good one. Your troll "hurr durr comcast is teh suxor!" is a wholly different beast.

Re:CES request (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42547055)

If I had written this I would have been modded down to troll. All of my very similar rants have been. But this guy gets a +4 Insightful ?

life is not fair. you have to be in the right place at the right time with the right pitch to the right people. obviously luck is involved. also talent

Re:CES request (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year and a half ago | (#42547137)

If I had written this I would have been modded down to troll. All of my very similar rants have been. But this guy gets a +4 Insightful ?

It's not so much what you say as who you say it to, and when. Also, with an alias like yours, you shouldn't be surprised if you get whacked with the troll shovel. Try a less angsty teen name and you might find people take you a bit more seriously.

Re:CES request (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42547117)

Please stop producing new products that use a high speed internet connection. I've got plenty of movies I torrented already after being forced to hack and root every one of these useless pieces of shit you make just so I can install torrent clients on each of them so I can torrent more movies at once (128GB of RAM on just one device only goes so far, after all). Seriously, what is so hard to understand about technology? The sole purpose of technology is me torrenting movies, therefore any future developments in useful technology can only be towards me torrenting movies faster, and any technological "advancement" or consumer product that fails to assist me in torrenting movies faster is a waste of taxpayer and shareholder dollars. The only possible thing that can improve this is more high speed internet. And when I say high speed, I don't mean that watered down swill your ISP sells you. I mean "entirely theoretical speeds using methods we haven't even proved are physically possible that I once heard about when I was high and reading badly-made sci-fi comic books". I mean multiple 1080p torrents streamed live over one pipe, all at once, as your sole purpose in business is to appease my rampantly untreated ADD and raving solipsism.

I don't care if it's imaginary, or runs on dreams, or if I WAS just high, swearing at my cats when I found out I had been lied to and those comics weren't real. Get it done, people. We're about ten years late to the party as it is right now, and since I'll have to saturate the pipe with more torrents and bitch about it later (because if I DON'T saturate it, holy shit it's all going to waste!!!1!), we'll NEVER catch up at this rate.

The future is me torrenting MORE movies in quantities that no human could ever watch in multiple lifetimes. Get on it. If I slow down, someone else might torrent more than me, and then I'd lose.

Innovation (1)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546211)

Innovating new products that you don't need or want. It's a space consuming version of the away button in IM. And the summary? *rolls eyes*

Invention? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546259)

Could we please stop calling everything that's designed around existing technology an invention? Thank you.

Clinton (1)

Frankie70 (803801) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546291)

Clinton has more smarts in his little finger than the sum of the brains of the 2 presidents who succeeded him.

Re:Clinton (4, Funny)

ddd0004 (1984672) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546369)

That may be true, but I bet he really went for the booth babes.

Can you please just stop? (1, Insightful)

g051051 (71145) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546303)

This stuff doesn't belong on the front page of Slashdot. You aren't a news source, you're not reporters, and you never will be. How about you spend more time actually editing and curating decent submissions, instead of the political tripe you've been doling out? Stop with the videos. Just...stop.

Staying Connected (1)

_bug_ (112702) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546305)

When you make a phone call or send an e-mail you're breaking routine to specifically take part in connecting with someone. What's lost are those little, seemingly insignificant (but I think incredibly important) moments where you're just doing your own thing, but doing it around family and friends and there's a kind of passive sharing of that experience happening. That doesn't happen in an e-mail or a phone call.

This idea feels like a way to engage in that passive sharing that I think is important in relationships. And it does this in a very simple, but familiar way.

Some kind of services that shares every detail of a person's daily routine is just information overload and becomes annoying (twitter, 4square, facebook). This is just a nice, simple message (I'm home) that is personal, but unobtrusive and "feels right".

Oh good (3, Funny)

ddd0004 (1984672) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546333)

Someone invented the precursor to the IP phone. It's the IP telegraph. Now I just need to polish up on my Morse code.

Re:Oh good (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546449)

Wait until you see my Internet-enabled Aldis Lamps! They're sure to be the talk of CES 2014!

Summary makes brain hurt (0)

oraclese (1039520) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546347)

My God, this summary is terrible....

Re:Summary makes brain hurt (0)

xyourfacekillerx (939258) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546957)

I know. It sounds like something from a TDWTF story intro, than a Slashdot report. I actually had to read it twice to make sure I understood what it was saying, which wasn't anything a simple link couldn't have accomplished.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder (1)

poity (465672) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546351)

The opposite being just as true.
Now, I love my family, but broadcasting that I'm home with the implication that I want to chat, well, I can imagine getting annoyed and unplugging that thing -- and then the police shows up later because my mom though something bad happened to me and got scared (and said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air")

What where now? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546455)

Someone forgot to replace the lorem ipsum text with the real summary.

Well there's a kickstarted (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546495)

That won't be making it's ridiculous finding goal. Not very useful and stupidly expensive to boot.

vulcans! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546539)

she looks like a vulcan

Improvement Suggestions... (4, Interesting)

David_Hart (1184661) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546567)

1. Instead of selling/producing the large lamp. they should develop a module with embedded WiFi that goes between any lamp and the power circuit. That way you could use any lamp with the system.
2. Instead of selling separate little home lamps and, presumably, having multiple lamps, what they should do is develop a "Christmas Village" type product with multiple houses, street, etc. Each miniature house would then light up based on the status of the paired module.
3. Create virtual "Christmas Village" software/web page

For the "Christmas Village" piece, it could have different scenes: Winter, Suburbs, Big City, Summer cottages, etc. In fact, if they did it right, they could develop the village layout that allows for skins for each of the houses, landscape, etc. which could be changed based on the season, etc... For example, this would allow the user to set up a village with an office building, cottage, house, etc. You could add grass, asphalt, water, snow landscape skins, etc.

Personally, I think that it would be cool to see a miniature village light up when my sisters, parents, nephews, etc. are home. At least I would then know when to call them to wish them a happy birthday, etc.

Re:Improvement Suggestions... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546831)

what's wrong with X10 and a wifi bridge? other than the obvious...

I really don't see why someone in China hasn't started cranking out some knockoff TRIAC modules and got the price down to where every switch & socket in a house/office/factory can be on this.

Re:Improvement Suggestions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546835)

That is way complicated for her :)

She is a designer not a software/hardware developer.

She wanted to design a lamp. You can't get rich by designing a lamp, especially as ugly as that, so she needs a gimmick now.

Re:Improvement Suggestions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42547011)

I guess you didn't get the job at Apple design...

Re:Improvement Suggestions... (1)

poity (465672) | about a year and a half ago | (#42547093)

Trouble is, an engineer's solution (works, and is versatile) doesn't sell as well as a marketeer's solution (cute and eye-catching)

Dr. Cox (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546725)

"I don't know what to tell you, there, Bobbo. Either this kid has a light bulb up his butt or his colon has a great idea."
Source [imdb.com]

In the words of George Carlin: (1)

Ken Hall (40554) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546731)

If you nail together two things that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it from you.

How about a left nostril inhaler, that glows in the dark, with your state motto on it?

The Good Night Lamp . . . (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546901)

has to be one of the top 10 dumbest items to come out this year, and we're only a week and a half in.

That said, because I consider it such a stupid idea, people will buy it in the millions. Better invest in the company now before it goes public.

Some uses... (3)

MrLizard (95131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546937)

While it's not exactly the must-have tech toy of the century, I don't think its completely useless. Some suggestions:

a)Set up bomb triggered by photoelectric sensor.
b)Place lamp next to bomb.
c)Press button.

Someone's already mentioned the morse code use. Sure, the FBI is monitoring your tweets, but are they monitoring your, uhm, blinks?

It is worth noting that not everyone is always watching their IM, etc. A signal to people who are NOT online that your status has changed is not without its uses.

Add in some kind of color changing mechanism, so that you can sync colors, and you can send a large number of message. "Two blue blinks means the cops are on their way, clear out!", for example.

Heck, I HATE it when I am summoned from my home office for dinner by someone shouting down the stairs at me. It breaks my concentration hideously. Having a signaling device like this with no annoying vocal component would actually be useful to me. Others in my family aren't online all the time; they can't/won't just send me an email to let me know dinner is ready.

We live in the dying days of a great empire. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can change this -- not by individual or collective action. Thus, we should eat the bread and attend the circuses. Our descendants (well, your descendants, I'm not spawning) will envy us for having the kind of surplus resources that allows the creation of things like this. Enjoy it while you can; refusing to enjoy it won't change anything, except your happiness level.

CREEPY. (0)

theNAM666 (179776) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546991)

That is all.

What would happen if... (1)

xyourfacekillerx (939258) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546995)

Sometimes my lamp burns out and I don't notice it's been set to "on" for days before I go replace the bulb. This would give the false impression to people that I am home when I am not.

Twitter on steroids (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546999)

Because everyone wants to watch their relatives, friends, and neighbors comings and goings.

Gee. My ex-girlfriend just got in at 3:00AM. I wonder who she brought home?

Gift from a stalker (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | about a year and a half ago | (#42547003)

Give the little lamps to people your stalking. Don't tell them what they do.
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