We’re in front of our computers a lot throughout the day. In fact, many of us we spend more time in front of our screens than anything else, be it for business or pleasure. But invariably throughout the day, we get up and leave our desks sometimes for lunch or other breaks.
We try to be energy friendly by setting our displays to go to sleep after a certain number of minutes, but it’s still not as ideal as having a display turn itself off whenever we’re not in front of it.
Enter the Brilliance LCD from Philips, which has a built-in sensor that detects the presence of someone in front of it. When the monitor senses that no one is in front of it, then it dim itself and cut power consumption by half. Original settings are restored once the user returns.
The sensor is also configurable for a range between 30 cm and 120 cm and works independent of external systems software or OS.
North American pricing and release aren’t yet known, but it’ll be hitting the UK in July for £170 ($282), according to pocket-lint.
Any info on the difference in power usage between the sleeping monitor and the monitoring sensor? How long would a typical user need to own the monitor before the sensor technology would pay for itself? Would it not be better just to get in the habit of turning the monitor off whenever you get up and and turning it on when you sit down?
Of course, I can see how such a sensor might be useful in the corporate environment. How often are business users (or educational lab users) away from their workstations, or near their desks but not actually in front of their workstations using them? In this case, I can see how having such technology would help the green image of a business. (In the same way having motion sensor lighting makes sense versus always-on lighting).
Instead of bullshitting customers with such gimmicks how about figuring out how to make S-IPS panels as cheap as TN.
I never knew it was so easy.
If Philips wanted to do something REALLY amazing, it would "know" when you've left, lock up, shut off the display, and not come back on until it "knows" you're back. In other words, it would eliminate that logging-in time. THAT would be worth a few extra bucks.