Partly about Light...
How does something the size of a coffee cup produce as much light as a television set many times its size? Recent advancements in LED technology have brought about "Super Bright LED's", more than ten times as bright as the "plain old LED's" we are all familiar with. FakeTV packs a dozen of these technological marvels into a package that includes a computer and some well-designed optics. The FakeTV diffuser lens is a bit of science (optics is what we do here!) that borders on art. Forgive our boasting, but the FakeTV unit is very pleasing to the eye.
Partly About Random
FakeTV is not just a flickering light or flasher! And neither is it just a "random light source." We get kind of annoyed when people call it that. Yes, there are random number generators in the computer in FakeTV, and FakeTV never, ever, repeats. Real TV is not random- any more than music is random sounds. The light from TV is highly characteristic. Discovering what makes the light from a TV look like, well, the light from a TV, was the key to making FakeTV so realistic.
Gathering television light output data from dozens of different program sources and televisions was not just an excuse for engineers to watch TV during the day. Okay, maybe a little.
But mostly about a really good counterfeit!
To develop FakeTV, we took data using real televisions of different types and makes. We characterized TV programs, analyzing the light output for intensity and color variation. We generated a lot of computer files of television data. Then, we came up with mathematical formulas that behaved just the same way. We programmed these into FakeTV's computer, and ran the same tests.
Play "Spot the Fake"
One of these graphs shows the measured light output of a real LCD television, and the other shows the measured light output of a FakeTV. Which one is the real TV and which is the impostor? We are not saying*! There is no way to tell from these graphs, and that's the point.