I’ve always ALWAYS wanted a case that would open at the spine. This way I can grab the movie or video game disc, and just leave the case parked on the shelf with the rest of my library.
I think a static design would work, wherein the disc holder is just attached to the spine. However I went the extra distance and created a ramp and slider system, so the disc could roll towards you. It’s a bit more clearance from the case, and having this extension mechanic just exclaims “Here is your movie/video game, enjoy!”
This can co-exist with the existing jewel case system that opens like a book, should you need to get at the booklet, or prefer to get at the disc old-school style.
Not only is this handy for those who own many films/video games, but it really keeps things neat and organized.
I think this could be a system people would upgrade all their cases to in a wholesale fashion. As long as they recycle their old cases!
UPDATE: originally I had a fancier design where they discs would jack-knife out of the stairs but I grew to hate the idea. Discs shouldn’t be so hard to access. So I turned the truck into a napkin holder for normal blu-ray cases.
Several months ago I designed a ‘Star Trek Viewscreen‘ gadget that would accommodate any LCD monitor or TV. Then I recently thought this feature could be directly embedded into the LCD monitor itself. And voila.
This Blu-Ray case design is based on the display case that encased the blue suit in Mr. Incredible’s office. In the front is a figurine of Mr. Incredible’s blue suit. It opens like a book to reveal the discs and booklet:
I know what you’re thinking: these don’t exist? I was a bit shocked too. I spent a few hours trying to confirm that these don’t. You would think in this modern age of flat-screen monitors and TVs that maybe this product would be out there. I’m sure many Trekkies would love to have this Viewscreen effect.
I propose a light bar device that would sit under a TV or monitor (UPDATE: or it could be embedded into the TV itself). Its LEDs would blink in a sequence just like the light array beneath the view screen on the bridge of the Enterprise.
A few extras bells and whistles, like the intermittent “ping sounds” or the red alert siren could be included. As long as all the lights and sounds could be managed by remote, as they might get distracting at times.
UPDATE May 3rd 2014: a few years ago Thinkgeek told me they were going to make this, but I don’t think they’re still going to make it in all honesty.