A couple of years ago, I reviewed the FakeTV FTV-11 Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent. It was a small device filled with LEDs that mimicked the flicker, glow, fading, and swelling of a TV screen as seen through a curtained window. I used it and liked it, but I found that its own timer system didn’t work well at all. I ended up using it with a WeMo Switch, which did work well. Now Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a newer fake TV device, which they call the Intruder Discouraging Television Mimic. It measures 4.25″ L x 3.25″ W x 2.75″ D, and it too has a built in timer. It can be operated manually, or it will come on at dusk and stay on for 2, 4, or 6 hours of “TV watching”. This model can sit on a table or shelf near a window, or you can even mount it to the wall using it’s “hanging hole” or mounting tape. The Intruder Discouraging Television Mimic is available on pre-order for $49.95; Hammacher Schlemmer expects shipping on 1/27/15.
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