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# 251615 3-Jul-2019 10:59
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As per title, these are released today.

They're a small button which connects wirelessly to a large green led light.

Possible uses:
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Any ideas?

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  # 2269105 3-Jul-2019 11:09
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Given driver attitudes around here, there is probably a market unfortunately for modifying them with RED leds and saying "Up YOU!"


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  # 2269106 3-Jul-2019 11:09
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Put the button somewhere easy to reach near the bed, with the light somewhere visible. Mash the light when your partner has done good...


 
 
 
 


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  # 2269107 3-Jul-2019 11:10
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Pull it apart, change the Green Backing to Red, mount upside down and use as a bad driving indicator...


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  # 2269109 3-Jul-2019 11:20
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So, youre not allowed to be distracted by your phone, or a screen in the car, lets get distracted by the button when someone moves it or it falls off where youve put it.......

 

 





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  # 2269172 3-Jul-2019 12:11
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Anyone worked out what the wireless linkage between the button and the light is?, I'm guessing its likely Bluetooth  (to keep battery drain low?)

 

Might be interesting to see what authentication is done , or can you control lots of lights from just one button?


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  # 2269200 3-Jul-2019 12:27
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timmmay:

 

Put the button somewhere easy to reach near the bed, with the light somewhere visible. Mash the light when your partner has done good...

 

 

Err... OK?

 

 


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  # 2269209 3-Jul-2019 12:37
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wellygary:

 

Anyone worked out what the wireless linkage between the button and the light is?, I'm guessing its likely Bluetooth  (to keep battery drain low?)

 

Might be interesting to see what authentication is done , or can you control lots of lights from just one button?

 

 

Probably a bulk purchase from Aliexpress, so authentication will be replicated across 20million different devices out there ;)

 

 





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  # 2269394 3-Jul-2019 15:41
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1) Assuming one button works them all, modify it with your street number, put it on your letter box then when a taxi/Uber Eats/visitor/emergency services etc are trying to read the letter box numbers, they hit their button to illuminate the near-by letter boxes. 

 

2) Beef it up with a couple of thousand lumen's s of LED's, then when someone is high-beaming your mirrors.......


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  # 2269498 3-Jul-2019 20:09
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Seems like an idiotic idea. What happened to the good ol wave of the hand?

 

 

 

I'm surprised this isn't in violation of some law.


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  # 2269541 3-Jul-2019 21:17
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Journeyman:

 

I'm surprised this isn't in violation of some law.

 

 

You may be right

 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/get-your-lights-right/get-your-lights-right/#cosmetic

 

 

Cosmetic lamps can be any colour as long as they meet the following requirements.

 

  • They must be angled downwards and fitted so that the light source isn’t directly visible from the front or back of the vehicle (this will prevent the lights distracting, confusing or dazzling other road users). See diagram below.
  • You must not be able to see any red light from directly in front of the vehicle.
  • They should only give off light that is spread out (diffuse) rather than light concentrated in a beam.
  • They must not be positioned close to essential lights such as headlights or indicators.
  • They must not flash, pulse, fade in and out or change colour.
  • They must not revolve, rotate or move in any direction.


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  # 2269551 3-Jul-2019 21:40
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I'm not really a fan of the actual product.... but devil's advocate... 

 

 

 

How different is pressing this button to pressing your hazards for a "thank you" like is commonly the courtesy?

 

Surely this button could be stuck somewhere more accessible in some cases





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  # 2269620 4-Jul-2019 06:58
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RunningMan:

 

You may be right

 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/get-your-lights-right/get-your-lights-right/#cosmetic

 

 

Cosmetic lamps can be any colour as long as they meet the following requirements.

 

  • They must be angled downwards and fitted so that the light source isn’t directly visible from the front or back of the vehicle (this will prevent the lights distracting, confusing or dazzling other road users). See diagram below.
  • You must not be able to see any red light from directly in front of the vehicle.
  • They should only give off light that is spread out (diffuse) rather than light concentrated in a beam.
  • They must not be positioned close to essential lights such as headlights or indicators.
  • They must not flash, pulse, fade in and out or change colour.
  • They must not revolve, rotate or move in any direction.

 

 

I wonder if BP checked this out before the marketing department went and did that. It looks to me like they're in violation of the road rules. Has anyone pointed this out to them?


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  # 2269973 4-Jul-2019 15:50
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timmmay:

 

I wonder if BP checked this out before the marketing department went and did that. It looks to me like they're in violation of the road rules. Has anyone pointed this out to them?

 

 

hmmn.
So , would advertising lights stuck on top of cars would also be illegal ?

 

eg on taxi's & those temp display lights that pizza deliverers stick on their roof


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  # 2270005 4-Jul-2019 16:23
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I think this is the more appropriate section: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/rules/vehicle-lighting-2004/#108

 

 

 

10.8     Illuminated vehicle-mounted signs

 

An illuminated sign must not be fitted so as to dazzle, confuse, or distract other road users when operated, and must not display a variable or moving message unless the sign is:

 

  • (a) a destination sign on a bus; or
  • (b) a variable message sign on a vehicle that is operated by an enforcement officer; or
  • (c) a variable message sign:

     

    • (i) for use on a vehicle operated in accordance with a traffic management plan; or
    • (ii) permitted by any other enactment.

 

 

"Cosmetic" lights are something different.


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  # 2270083 4-Jul-2019 17:42
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Pretty smart by BP. Now those people who buy into this, those same people who probably put those stick figures of their families in their windows can have BP front of mind on every trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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