New Pop-up Microlite Illuminates Remote Controls in the Dark

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You have to wonder how people come up with products, and are they actually thinking at the time they do or is something else influencing their decision?! There’s a lot of goofy products out there and new on has just been announced called the Pop-up Microlite. It’s a light for your remote control that attached to the bottom below the buttons, but this thing is huge. Many remotes out there are big enough without the addition of something like this. Granted I think that all remotes should have backlighting to them, but somehow I don’t think adding a bulky LED light to your remote will actually solve anything.. Check it out and tell me what you think..


Are you tired of fumbling with your remote control and pressing the wrong buttons every time you watch TV in the dark or dim lighting? A Hawaii company has introduced an ingenious new micro-sized L.E.D. light called the Pop-up Microlite that sticks on remote controls to illuminate both the buttons and text in the dark or dim lighting. Microlite Tech LLC reports that its new Pop-up Microlite is the only such product on the market for illuminating remote controls. The nickel-sized light sticks to nearly any remote control using 3M adhesive backing. It comes in a high-tech glossy black and is available at retail stores for a suggested retail price of $9.99. It will also be available on starting in October 2010. The Pop-up Microlite also makes a powerful promotional item being seen by users every time they watch television and is available with custom imprinting.


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There are an estimated 500 million remote controls in the U.S. with an estimated 450 million of those having no backlighting capabilities. However, surveys show that as many as 90% of people enjoy watching television or movies in the dark. "That means there are a lot of people out there fumbling in the dark with their remote controls," CEO John Teel says. Remote control manufacturers continue to design remote controls that are nearly impossible to use in the dark. Only about 10-15% of new remotes are backlit and backlighting is far from a perfect solution. Backlit remotes illuminate the buttons but not the text next to the buttons, making them still very awkward to use in the dark. "The Pop-up Microlite(TM) solves this problem by illuminating the entire remote control!" says Teel.

The Pop-up Microlite(TM) appeals to both the young and seniors alike. Many seniors have poorer vision and need the product even in dim lighting. Younger people tend to watch more TV in the dark so they need the product too. "The response has been phenomenal and the most common question we get is ‘Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?’" says Teel.

The patented pop-up feature is critical because the light source must be elevated above the surface to reduce shadows from the protruding buttons; however, when not in use it is critical that the product remain small and out of the way. The solution is the unique ability to pop-up. With a simple push the product pops up and lights up the entire remote. When done, simply push it closed to turn it off.


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  3 comments for “New Pop-up Microlite Illuminates Remote Controls in the Dark

  1. Ryan
    August 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Gimmick. I can see this on eldery peoples oversized remotes, but any younger, tech-savvy person doesn’t have to look at the remote to find the buttons they need.

  2. Jennifer Kline
    August 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Cool product idea. I disagree that it looks large. I have this problem all the time, and would go for any solution. Also, my mom has macular degeneration, and can’t see the remote good, so would love it for her. Thanks for posting. Interesting.

  3. Kathy Tuley
    September 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    AWESOME idea. I’ve actually seen one of these and it’s so cool. No more fumbling in the dark and messing up the TV or movie that you are watching. I would like to take a minute and address Ryan’s comments above. “younger tech-savy people” can’t see in the dark, unless they have xray vision. Why in the world would you be so negative when clearly you don’t know what you are talking about. The man that invented this obviously is “tech-savy” as he has invented many things being a consultant to a very large and impressive technical company. Have you seen this guy’s resume. What do you do for a living? This man I believe is a genius and he wife is brilliant as well. If you knew anything about what you were talking about it would be different, but clearly you don’t, jealousy is a horrible thing. Do me a favor and don’t buy one…and the first time you are with a friend or family member that have purchased one and you realize what you have missed out me OK
    Jennifer (above) you are correct, it’s not large at all, about the size of a dime. I am sorry about your mom having macular degeneration, but I promise you this will make her life so much better when it comes to the remote. Please invest in one and you will clearly see what an amazing this product this is. I know that you will be completely satified with it and your mom will “sing your praises” and to all the negative Ryan’s in the world I promise to prove you wrong!!!

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