A new gadget has been unveiled by a Taiwan based company for protecting the eyesight of children by warning them not to sit too close to the TV. The TV will be switched off if the warning goes unheeded.
The new gadget, TV Magic Tool, is an alarm system placed on top of a TV set. It uses a passive infrared (PIR) sensor to judge the distance between the TV set and the viewer.
"Parents can pre-set the allowed distance between the TV and the viewer. When the child sits too close, the TV Magic Tool shouts 'My friend, you are sitting too close!' If the child does not move back, it will give the warning two more times before shutting off the TV," said Ouyang Ho, Manager of Can-New Co. Ltd. that invented the gadget.
Can-New has acquired a patent for the invention from Taiwan and China. The TV Magic Tool is being priced at $450.