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Outdoor office in the sun

Discussion in 'Biohacking 101' started by Rubicon, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. Rubicon

    Rubicon Avoiding Equilibrium

    A few months ago I purchased daylight viewable monitors so I can work outside in the sun. See here for initial testing pics

    After picking up some long cables, I've been able to connect to my desktop computer in my house and setup a dual monitor office space outside where I can productively work naked in the sun. On days when the weather's nice, I get everything setup early in the morning, get as much direct morning sun as possible, and usually move into the shade or go inside mid-afternoon.

    Setup Pic:


    Outdoor equipment list:
    • Two 19" 1000 nit monitors
    • Cables: 50ft VGA, hdmi, and USB
    • Wired mouse, keyboard, speakers
    • AC Power cable
    EMF's are minimized since everything is wired and the computer itself is far away from where I sit. Measuring with a Trimeter & Cornet:

    Electric field: nothing significant other than at the power cord
    Magnetic field: strong field at the monitors, at the power cord, and at the speakers
    RF: nothing from computer

    The setup is flexible enough that I can change position so that different parts of my skin are facing the sun as it moves throughout the day. I originally tried sitting on a chair at a table, but I found it was too difficult to get even sun exposure on my body and be comfortable. Sitting on the ground, sometimes with a bit of a back support leaves me feeling great even after a few hours of work.

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  2. OptimalSkr

    OptimalSkr New Member

    Dude this is sweet!! You look like a yogi on a computer from the future :)
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017
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  3. htw

    htw New Member

    sometimes when there is opportunity I work similarly :D
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  4. ScottishEmma

    ScottishEmma Silver


    Wait til I show my husband this!
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  5. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Nice, I've been looking into a setup of my wife. Good inspiration @Rubicon .
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  6. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Did any women run up and stuff your shorts with money chippendales style?
  7. Rubicon

    Rubicon Avoiding Equilibrium

    Normally there's no way I'd be wearing shorts. Circadian mismatch!
  8. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Were they tan-throughs so at least you got roasted nuts?
  9. Rubicon

    Rubicon Avoiding Equilibrium

    Quantum Executive :)
  10. JohnPxl

    JohnPxl New Member

    I am a web designer, and today I tried something similar. Worked for 4 hours straight outside, drank 2 bottles of water, with feet on the ground. It was an unprecedented experience of flow, focus and productivity.
    I have now moved inside as the heat is un-bearable, but still feel every cell in my body energised, and I do not feel exhausted as I usually do this time of the day. I will try to make this my routine every morning. Thanks for the pics, great setup :thumbsup:


  11. Benny Hammond

    Benny Hammond New Member

    Killer set up! I wear those tan-thru's all the time and look like Magnum P.I. running around town.
  12. JoeT

    JoeT Gold

    Rubicon......what kind of monitors are they? What specs might I look for ?
  13. Rubicon

    Rubicon Avoiding Equilibrium

    Joe, I forget the name of the monitor manufacturer. It's an OEM supplier from China, not a main consumer brand.
    I purchased them as surplus from the local classifieds from an guy who specializes in outdoor monitors. Originally they were intended for use in a fast-food restaurant to be custom built into their kiosks...they're really basic in that they have no frame/stand. I think I got really lucky picking up three at $100 each. A bit of quantum luck/destiny there? ;)

    The key spec to look for is a monitor with around 1000+ 'nits'. Anti-reflective/anti-glare coating and matte finish instead of glossy can help too.

    Panasonic has a line of laptops called toughbooks that feature daylight viewable screens: http://business.panasonic.com/toughbook/fully-rugged-laptop-toughbook-31.html
    Tru-vu appears to sell daylight viewable monitors: http://www.tru-vumonitors.com/products/sunlightreadablelcd.html I never did get far enough along to enquire about prices on those.
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  14. JoeT

    JoeT Gold

    ok thanks
  15. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Inspired by this thread I picked up a refurbished toughbook CF-19 MK1 for £99. It's screen as okay outdoors but I have to put a hood around it to see well. Apparently MK1 screens are pretty poor so anything above that should work absolutely fine.
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  16. JoeT

    JoeT Gold

    Thanks Sean!
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  17. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Since I don't really need color my next screen will look like this(or maybe a 2x2 array of these):
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  18. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    @Rubicon What do you think of Transflective Plus Displays? (http://business.panasonic.co.uk/com...hscreen Display Brochure_Nov 2016_EN_v7_0.pdf)

    It seems to work by reflecting sunlight when in high light conditions. My question is, how does it choose to reflect the correct color from sunlight for each pixel. It also passes it through a polarizer so thats not great but if it reflects IR and maybe some UV, it should be better than most screens. Goes up to 6000 nits apparently.
  19. mbhemming

    mbhemming Gold

    Very cool!

    Ever think about making a stand up desk?
  20. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

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