Possibility of Glow-In-The-Dark Paint.

January 24, 2009

EvilDragon posted this on the German forums:

The key printings are underneath the clear coating. We want to make the printings with glow-in-the-dark paint(currently we discuss this with the company), because they will then glow in the dark a little bit.

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  1. lol wow. I guess that’s kinda cool.

  2. I’m not sure how I feel about that -.-

  3. it’s better than tilting the screen to shine on the keys

  4. sounds good to me

  5. Noooo. Waste of money, the light given off is miniscule and it requires recent exposure to strong light – also, the light from the screen will overpower the weak light from the paint, making it visible only when the screen is dark.

    Much better to use a fluorescent (AKA ‘Dayglow’) paint that will be visible even under weak illumination from the screen.

  6. I think you might find the light given off from the screen would be enough to give the paint enough charge to be seen in an otherwise dark room.

    Not as stunningly bright as holding your Pandora under a fluoro light for 30 seconds, but enough to be useful, and probably moreso than just fluorescent paint.

    Conjecture on my part, of course.

  7. It could be very handy in certain situations. Scenario: You’re listening to MP3s, running in low power mode with the screen off. A key combo will bring the screen back, but you’re in a dark room (or a maze of twisty little passages, all alike). Voila! Glowing keys save the day.



  9. It could be a fun gimick. So long as it doesn’t delay anything even a single second.

    Now, mix some Radium in there, THEN you’re talking!

  10. Need to write an application which, when you open the screen, sets the LCD to an all white display at max brightness. You leave the screen mostly closed so it shines on the keys and charges them up.
    You could make it so the app. only does this when the Pandora has been shut for more than a certain time interval.

  11. @j.pickens: IMO much more efficient for the battery if you use an external light source

  12. Nightwish: It woudn’t be radioactive. ED said that they wouldn’t use paint that contains tritium. It would be normal fluorescent paint that’s ‘charged’ by sunlight.

  13. People will only say no coz they want the Pandora as soon as possible but if it doesn’t really take anymore time I’m sure it would be an added feature so I’m all for it. It’s a pain when you have to keep switching the light on to see what keys your pressing, even with the light from the screen.

  14. “We want to make the printings with glow-in-the-dark paint because they will then glow in the dark”

    I never knew glow-in-the-dark paint glowed in the dark ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My watch also uses this and I can see it quite well at night, just make sure to use a thick enough coating. If its too thin in thickness (or width) you can hardly see it and it’s not really worth it. I’ll assume there supplier knows this and point them in the right direction.

  15. What is this, a Fischer Price toy? Honestly, this is a bit silly and will make an already completely geeky device seem like an even geekier child’s plaything. ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. Glow in the dark paint may be predominantly used as a novelty, but I’ve got plenty of things using glow ink for practical purposes (e.g. the keys on my tv/aircon remotes) and the tritium glowring on my keyring has saved me untold grief.

    I’ve got a clamshell Zaurus, and I know through long and irritating experience how much of a pain it is to use in the dark. I would *love* to have glow ink on that keyboard…

  17. “I would *love* to have glow ink on that keyboardโ€ฆ”


  18. The more I think about this the sillier it is. I suppose it doesn’t hurt anything (So long as it doesn’t cause delays) but I can’t imagine a situation where it would do anything.

    Not only does this device live in my pocket, but it CLAMSHELLS CLOSED. Those keys will never see light except when they’re in use.

    Pelrun : Sure, it’d be neat if it were radioluminous like a tritium key-chain. But 1) Those are illegal in many nations, including UK and USA. (Watches and gun-sights are ok in USA for some reason.) 2) They’re expensive. 3) You can’t make ink out of tritium like you could with Radium in the old days. Tritium comes in tiny tubes.

  19. @Andy L

    Hey Andy, U.S. Radium from the year 1919 called, they want their radium back. LOL. Actually it would be awesome to use radioactive paint… just make sure you let machines apply it instead of humans. No tip licking here.

  20. I didn’t suggest that the Pandora should use a tritium light source (which is of course impossible), just that the glow was non-trivially useful.

    You might not always be in a situation where ambient light can charge the ink – good thing that there is a nice bright lightsource above the keyboard you can momentarily adjust to point at them. You know, the screen. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. @Andy_L
    I’m currently an N800 user and I often use it in bed in total darkness for browsing. I could use an onscreen keyboard on Pandora, but it has got a physical keyboard so I want to use that instead. I’m used to navigate via touchscreen, so I will most likely fold it out 180degrees and NOT use it like a clamshell, because I would have to tilt it every time I want to type something. Glowing key-printings would be a huge advantage for me.

  22. Well, obviously the keys are exposed when you’re USING it.

    My point is that how many times are the keys exposed to bright light for a few minutes before they’re used in total darkness? That seems like a rare occurrence to me.

    Not saying it would harm anything, I’m just saying I have a hard time imagining a real-life situation where it would actually glow.

  23. Probably quite often, if you know you’re going to use it in the dark. It’d be tricky to get your Pandora out in absolute darkness anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    Besides, it isn’t *minutes* – modern glow inks can charge in seconds and last a long time. You might not get hours of glow if you only give it a few seconds charge, but it’ll last longer than you seem to expect.

  24. If the charge is depleted, just turn up the backlight, tilt the screen a few seconds and you are ready to type again for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰

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