Seriously, you are dead on that it is quite silly to program something like this into an LED candle! One of points of having electronic or mechanical things to replace real things (ie, a light replacing a candle) is to overcome the limitations of the things they are replacing. A real candle, as you point out, can be a danger or nuisance if tipped. An LED candle not so much.
You know, I thought about that AandY, and thought that maybe they didn't want someone to realize it was LED and not an actual candle (somehow--not sure if that would be possible?). But putting an alarm on it would completely blow that concept, wouldn't it?? There goes the experience of a real candle right out the window! :)
maybe and this is a HUGE maybe. If the guts of the led candle are also supposed to support a configuration of a seebeck type heat source and led circuit, then tip sense is important. Huge maybe. Gynormous maybe. Tellerex makes these. Otherwise the tip detector is simply a nuisance and a battery depletion device. Also, it doesn't emulate a real candle unless you liken a blinking red indicator and a beep to burning your dining table up.
How crazy. This reminds me of an office chair I bought years ago, when buying something made in China was fairly new. The chair was an excellent copy of an American-made office chair, and it even copied exactly the LOOK of the adjustment levers for adjusting height and tilt. But the levers themselves were incomplete and entirely non-functional, so it was impossible to adjust the chair.
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