The Geek Sheet: A 'Burka' For Your Mobile Life

Reducing laptop display glare when out in the sun is probably not a problem a huge segment of the population faces yet is still one waiting for the perfect solution. If netbook advertisements are to be believed, more people will be spending time at the beach or the park or their backyard with a laptop and a wish for less glare. As long as the reigning wisdom amongst manufacturers is that consumers want glossy screens instead of the more sensible (and less prone to glare) matte screens, sunlight will continue to obscure screens everywhere.

Perhaps inspired by his trips to the beach, entrepreneur Marc Johnson created a new "Anti-Glare Technology" called the Laptop Burka. Yes. Laptop Burka. The product was launched earlier this year but it seems that Johnson has already cottoned on to the fact that his naming choice might have been a bad one. Today the company announced a "brand new" product called Geek Sheet, which is just like the Laptop Burka but is white on the outside to reflect sunlight and to create "a cool work space. Way cool." Daddio.

The Geek Sheet/Laptop Burka is just what it looks like: a piece of fabric you drape from your head -- you'll need to wear a hat with a brim -- that then covers your body. Use it anywhere to block "the glare of sunlight or stares from uninvited strangers." It will certainly keep you from seeing the people staring at you, that's for sure.

The Geek Sheet costs $16.99, but we're left wondering why you should bother paying all that money when a sheet from your bedroom will work just as well and make you look just as silly. Perhaps a regular sheet or blanket will not drape as attractively. But I'll bet my Space Invaders blanket will make me look even more geeky, keep me out of the sun, and protect me from invading aliens to boot.