A recent thread about discrete sensors brought up with me a weakness in the hardware I use. Although all my sensors are exposed and I don't really notice them - they are very obvious.
I explained in that thread that a friend/client embedded sensors inside of an empty flush mount light socket cover and honestly, I think that makes them even more obvious!
Regardless - it then occurred to me that all my own devices were obvious - because they were white. I realized no manufacturer has yet to offer colored shells for their products! Why is that??! I mean even potato chips now come in 100 flavors, why aren't devices offered with colored shrouds?
Obviously its a cost issue in manufacturing and surely it will improve with time. But for now - what if I hit my devices with spray paint or house/wall paint? I mean simply by matching the wall color, devices would 'fade into the woodwork' to coin a phrase.
I get that for some sensors the paint wouldn't bother them - Motion is one. I also am aware the fine holes that allow humidity sensing can't get plugged. Rare earth contact sensors shouldn't be affected - right? Are there any big reasons why not to 'colorize' my devices? Dark wood colored for ones sitting on desks and bookcases, white, offwhite, sandstone for wall mounts... Even some color sticky tape could be used in a pinch. Hmmm. I smell a side industry!
I have done this in the past, the biggest problem is often getting the sensor into pieces to have the shell with no electronic in it, especially temp, humidity, motion, etc. But them again, I have a litle bit of an OCD side when it comes this kind of modifications. If I can't dismantle it, project is over!