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This idea is largely unapplicable to most
(since it is rare to find people who still
process their own film (professionals
aside)... however, for students who have
work in a "gang darkroom" or even a
private darkroom, it is almost an
truth that you will receive a call as you
placing freshley exposed paper into
developer... instinctively, you grab for
cell phone, flip it open, only to get the
collective "UUUUUGGGHH." Groans all
around, for fogging everyone's paper
(including your own). I propose a filter to
cover the face of the phone (similar to
coating of a safelight, it doesn't
necessarily have to be red, either). It
could look like one of those tacky cell-
phone covers that were popular a year
ago, only this one would go over the
inside of your phone, and serve a
functional purpose. Like I said, not for
everyone, but I actually did this today
felt really bad, wishing I had a safelight
installed onto the face of my phone.
(Could everyone just ignore, if only for a
little while, the obvious "don't pick up
your phone in the darkroom" or "just hit
the silent button" comments, let's think
if only for a little while.
||Wow. Talk about a niche market.
||Safe yellow LED backlighting?
||I think I've seen some cellphones with interchangeable keypads which include the lighting. If those exist, maybe this would be easily done. I guess you might still have to deal with the display backlight separately though.
||Logically, If you don't know (or forget) to not answer your phone, how are you going to know to buy a phone with a feature to keep you from causing the problem you don't know (forgot) about?
||To me this just restates what I've always thought. Cell phones are the problem, not the lack of features on them. Strangely enough generations of students got through school without phones in their pockets.....
||...And they walked to and from school, uphill both ways, barefoot and in the snow.