FakeTV Flashes Lights to Fake Out Burglars
This gadget uses a flickering glow to scare off would-be thieves.
FakeTV’s computer-controlled, super-bright multi-color LED outputs light equivalent to a typical 27-inch TV.
May 20, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

From the why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-stupid-idea category comes FakeTV.

FakeTV is just what it sounds like. It’s a glowing device that simulates someone watching TV, to deter burglars.

“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,” said inventor Blaine Readler. “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.”

So Readler came up with this unit, which uses a built-in computer to produce varying lights—to look like a real TV. Just plug the unit in, set the timer, and the unit will start flickering.

Apparently many would-be thieves don’t hit people watching “Dancing with the Stars.” Of course, there’s the whole breed of criminal that thrives on breaking into people’s homes while they are home. Maybe they will think FakeTV is actually E.T.

FakeTV will run you a real $49.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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