MotorMood: Trying to Make the Road a Smiley-er Place
Have you ever wished you had a sorta light-up message on your car to signal some sort of message to other automobilists with whom you share road? Oh yeah… definitely me too. I’ve too often found myself driving down the road wishing for a glowing middle finger or flashing bird I could shine upon other less chivalrous motorists. Two days ago, I ran across a start-up called MotorMood whose professed goal is “making the road a happier place” by doing just that, only they’re just a wee bit more… um… smiley than I am.
Where as I tend toward gestures of the central digit variety, the nice folks over at MotorMood have invented a remote-activated glowing smiley face one affixes to their vehicle’s rear window. More often than probably is emotionally healthy, the price of working one’s way through rush-hour traffic is paid in anger, frustration and premature aging. By pressing a small remote that fits nicely onto a sun visor, a courteous, Boy Scout-like driver can activate the (green, blue or pink) glow-y smiley face for twelve seconds to thank someone for letting them in or apologize for an accidental (or brazen) act of motoring rudeness.
Invented by MotorMood founder Jesse Kramer while sitting in the eeeeeeviiiiil rush-hour traffic of Los Angeles’ 405, the goal of this little device is to reduce the amount of road rage out there on the highways and byways to make the world a little safer, a little happier and a little less homicidal rage-y.
MotorMood is still in the development phase of their product, but we do know it uses electroluminescent technology with both remote and light-up face being battery operated. According to Orange, California-based MotorMood, battery life should be about a year. A KickStarter to help get their product launched is set for late-April.
When I first heard about the MotorMood smiley-face of peace (my term not theirs), I thought it was one of the dumbest things I had ever heard of. But, over the past 48-hours it has grown on me. In fact, it has grown on me to the point that I’m kinda annoyed I didn’t think of it first.
Actually, let me correct that… I have thought of slightly ruder versions of Jesse Kramer and team’s design, but I’ve never been bright (Haha… get it? Bright…) enough to actually try and make it. So, I’m very eager to get one for myself and give it a whirl down here in Miami. Until then, check out the MotorMood website and dream of a slightly less blood curdling morning commute.