I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.
August 19, 2010 6:41 AM Subscribe
How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring.
posted by winna to technology (32 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I sit in a cube with walls about five feet high facing the corner where my computer is located. There are walls on three sides of me when I am at my computer - my cube is rectangular with the entrance in the middle of one of the long walls. My coworker sits across the aisle.
When I am deep in the mysteries of Excel, I put on headphones to block out the sound of people talking around me. Unfortunately, when I am thus beguiled by Mark Lanegan or Ojos de Brujo or something, I can't hear when my coworker has something to tell me.
The ideal solution from my perspective would be a cheap battery operated LED light with a remote. Then I could put the LED in front of me and give her the remote. When she wished to commune with me she could just push the remote button, I would see the light flash, and we could have a confab.
I have not been able to find that sort of device. I've found all sorts of doorbells for the deaf with flashing lights, but they are all expensive and require wiring. I suppose I could go down to Radio Shack and get some LEDs and make what I am thinking of, but that seems like a lot of work.
Does anyone know of a manufacturer for something like that? Again, it would need to be cheap and have two pieces - a small light and a remote. Range is not an issue, she's less than five feet away.
I know that this is a needlessly Byzantine solution and we should just roll across the aisle or something.