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Bedtime storybooks that glow in the dark

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni May 30, 2022
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Storybooks that glow in the dark and present bedtime stories. The header image is not the correct representation of the idea. I could not find any related free images. Here are a few links that have better images. [1] [2]
Why?
  1. A fun way to motivate kids to read
  2. Facilitate reading even in the outdoors without using electricity
  3. Stories about owls (which are active at night) or jellyfishes (that glow in the dark) or stars would be fun to read in glowing books.
Different methods could be used to make the letter and images in the book glow:
  1. Using ultraviolet light to read
  2. I am not sure how these people have done that.
  3. Using E-ink?
  4. Simple radium. What else?
you can also create your own glowing books, as shown here.
Other advantages:
  1. Two stories in one book - double utilization of the pages. One of the stories could be written using regular ink that can be read using the daytime (in light). The second story could be written using glowing inks. During the day, the book tells one story. In the dark, it tells another. A fun way to read, plus save on paper.
  2. Storybooks could utilize the glowing idea to create mystery stories. The clues may be invisible in light and visible only under UV light.
  3. Facilitates reading at night without the use of a screen (Kindle, phone, etc.).
  4. Kids could read wherever - under the sheets, in the treehouse at night, in the dark
  5. Kids spend less time on screen, at least to read

[1]http://www.sturdyforcommonthings.com/2015/12/glowing-books-for-the-black-light-booth/

[2]https://www.dezeen.com/2011/08/05/good-ideas-glow-in-the-dark-by-bruketazinic-and-brigada/#

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What if we could replace conventional paper with glow-in-the-dark kind of material?

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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain May 30, 2022
This is a brilliant idea. If there were versions of books that were glow-in-the-dark kind of, I would definitely buy them. To make this idea feasible, can we think of entirely getting rid of paper and come up with some lightweight, comparable material than can be used to make such books?
The book cover can then be used as a solar cell. Charge the book in the daylight, and read at night!
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Shireesh Apte
Shireesh Aptea month ago
I like the idea of telling one story by daytime, and another by night. Is there a way to weave those together so that they exist together - rather than be two disparate and disjoined stories? That would engage the children to have a reason to read the 'night' story after reading the 'day' one.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Shireesh Apte Yes, exactly! There should be a connection between the two stories. Maybe share two sides of a coin kind of thing. Explain two opposing views via stories. The simplest thing is to explain how a diurnal animal lives in the daytime story and how a nocturnal animal lives in the nighttime story.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Jun 01, 2022
Solar-powered books that need to be "fed" by light and then could be read in the dark. Some parts are only visible when light-up.
Why?
  • Children could learn how to care about their belongings, animals, or other beings.
  • learn the basics of solar energy
  • have fun with the book while charging it on light and reading it in dark
  • see the book slowly reducing light as the battery drains; a book going to sleep, too, enticing kids to fall asleep (as Goran Radanovic mentioned in the comment)
How would it work?
The books would have small thin light panels inside the book covers. These panels would charge the small LED lights that light up the pages or give a specific background lighting to highlight the pictures/text. Power could also charge small speakers that produce animal sounds or songs.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
The idea of taking care of your book is amazing! Some parents give an egg to the kid and see if they don't break it. A book is much better. It is entertaining and promotes learning and is more interactive than an egg.
We could assign different activities that will help charge a book. Solar energy is one example. The other is kinetic energy. Rotate a lever to create energy. Pedal your cycle in one place so that the energy from the wheels is used to charge the book. Anything else? The more you charge, the longer you could read it at night.
The clues in a mystery book (that the kid has to solve) only appear in the dark. Therefore, the more energy you collect during the day, the more time you can spend solving the mystery at night. In a class, there could be a competition as to who solves the mystery first. This competition includes physical activity (generating energy), mental activity (thinking of ways to generate energy and solving the mystery), gamification (increased motivation to engage in the activity), and keeping kids away from the screen.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikolaa month ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni I love the other energy source ideas, as well as the clues that only appear in dark! Great!
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Michaela D
Michaela Da month ago
This idea is great. It is already implemented in these books. The images are different in the light and in the dark.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Michaela D Great! Don't know why they didn't become popular and had entire stories in dark-mode.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovica month ago
The light could fade at night as the child reads further into the story, enticing them to fall asleep.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Goran Radanovic Perfect ending!
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stankovića month ago
I really like this idea. Especially the aspect of the two stories in one book. It could be a great creative way of making a scary horror story out of a regular one. Comic books like Dylan Dog too.
I can also see it as a helping route towards solving this challenge on getting more people to read.
Now we are well familiar with the effect bright lights are damaging our sleep, yet it's hard to read before bed without them. So this idea could be a great way to combat that issue.
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