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Fake TV Designed to Protect Against Home Invasions

In a world dominated by reality television, Blaine Readler has built an entire product around faking it. (Continued below photo...)


The author and inventor is the brains behind FakeTV, a device designed to fool intruders into thinking that someone is home watching a flickering TV.

A built-in computer controls LED bulbs that mimic the lighting effects of a real television to brighten up the room. FakeTV accounts for a variety of effects, from scene changes, camera pans and fades to swells and on-screen motion.

The device's 12 LEDs light up a room as much as 27" LCD TV would.

Yet the product consumes only a fraction of the power of its real counterpart, offering a green alternative to leaving on a standard television in an empty house as a deterrent for would-be criminals.

In the past, Readler left his own TV on in an added effort to discourage potential burglars from breaking into his house.

"I commented that it was a shame to waste all that electricity, when the burglars couldn't even see the picture itself, just the reflection off the wall," Readler said in a statement.

He teamed up with the Hydreon Corporation to study in detail the flickering glow of a television, and FakeTV was born.

Sold for $34.95, FakeTV is available through a number of Internet retailers, as well as the FakeTV website.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.