Digital Photo Frame Does Energy Waste Alert

First, we brought you the polar bear that turns pink when the lights are left on. Now, another quirky concept in home energy management: a digital photo-frame that squeezes images of your loved ones when indoor temps get too high.

The Flip Photo Frame by Martin Spurway (which comes to us via Tuvie) takes your average three-part digital photo frame and adds, oddly enough, an analog flip-temperature function that displays indoor temperatures. Whenever the thermostat reaches a wasteful level, the photos of your loved ones begin to get squeezed–presumably alerting you to the fact that, when it comes to global warming, polar bears aren’t the only ones standing in harm’s way.

Flip Photo Frame

image via Tuvie

An additional area of the frame offers helpful hints for increasing energy efficiency at home, such as closing curtains at dusk to keep heat gained from the sun during the day from escaping.

We get the whole idea here of taking an abstract concept and translating it into emotional terms in a way that’s easily accessible. But this whole squeezing thing seems as if it could be unintentionally humorous. (Hey Billy! Turn the thermostat up, let’s squeeze Dad!)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.