Over the weekend, I must have seen half a dozen performers come on stage and mess about with poorly adjusted music and microphone stands.
This breaks their concentration and disrupts the audience’s sense of anticipation.
Today’s invention is a tripod stand which can accommodate a smartphone. This runs an application which allows the playbill to be entered, so that each performer can specify in advance their preferred height for the mic or music stand.
The phone would then talk to a small motor and screw drive in the stand itself, so that as each player appears on stage, and touches their name on the list, the equipment adjusts itself smoothly.
An extra clever version would listen to each performance and work out when it was over, so that the next act’s height could be selected.