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Anyone who has done a lot of business traveling has no doubt seen those privacy screens for laptops. Those are the screens that fit over the notebook display to prevent those sitting to the side from seeing what the notebook owner is looking at on the […]

mobilevisor-small1Anyone who has done a lot of business traveling has no doubt seen those privacy screens for laptops. Those are the screens that fit over the notebook display to prevent those sitting to the side from seeing what the notebook owner is looking at on the display. I have seen these, primarily on flights where people are crammed together in close proximity and I can see how they might fit a need for those working on sensitive information.

A similar product is the privacy hood- those hoods that fit over the display to physically block the view from others.  They work like blinders on racehorses by making it possible to only see the notebook display when you are sitting directly in front of it. These are generally bulkier and downright ugly compared to the privacy screens.

A new product for BlackBerrys brings that same ugly privacy hood to the small screen.  The Mobile Visor is designed to keep nosy eyes from seeing your sensitive private data on the phone screen. To me, nothing says “you want to see what’s on my phone screen” like a hood that makes it clear I’m looking at sensitive data.  $8.95.

(via TRFJ)

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  1. Yeah, right, sensitive data… cough-p0rn-cough

  2. This is one of those cases where a company decided to give a lousy answer to a question that nobody asked.

  3. Ha ha ha, that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d love to see someone using one of these things in public but for some reason I don’t think it’s ever going to happen.

  4. Maybe this is for your screen not to get a sun burn when out in the street. ;)

  5. turn.self.off Saturday, March 21, 2009

    and then you have the suits that will gladly discuss the deepest secrets of their company while sitting at the local bux…

  6. John in Norway Saturday, March 21, 2009

    If it keeps the sun off the screen then I’d happily use one (although I don’t own a Blackberry). I’ve always prefered function over gay fashion.

  7. Ha! Like if I put one of these on my Blackberry (well, if I HAD a Blackberry), you guys wouldn’t all be craning your necks just DYING to know what sooper seekrit stuff I was working on.

    You’d all have stiff necks the next day. :-)

  8. Netbook Insider Forum Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Yea, something else to carry. Doesn’t look it would fit to well in the pocket, maybe they can sell a belt case for it as well!

  9. I dunno, if you really need to use your device outdoors in sunlight, having a shade to put on it might not be such a bad idea. Obviously a narrow market, but even so.

    Similar things have been or are (?) available for desktop machines too. The primary gain is keeping ambient light off the screen itself, which makes it far easier on the eyes.

    No arguing the fact that it looks ridiculous, though, but sometimes function may trump form. At least for us non-Apple users. :-p

  10. Maybe I’m lazy, but I’d have thought screen protectors/privacy films would be more common. I don’t usally use my gadgets while commuting and thus have plenty of opportunity to observe people apparently reading other people’s e-screens, newspapers, books, etc.

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