I have an older version of one of these devices. It’s just a battery powered strobe light. I suspect the infrared filter BS is just so if a vehicle in front of you (or more importantly a cop) won’t slam on their brakes and/or give you a ticket.
Mine does work, and I bought it on a whim probably 8 or 9 years ago. Like you said, it was a stupid purchase. Wow, I can make the light change 10 seconds faster than it would ordinarily…so what?
About the only new thing this place is offering is a dash mount for the device. Mine was basically a strobe flashlight. The range is definitely better at night than during the day, but that said, it really doesn’t save you any time because it doesn’t do anything about the cars in front of you that are stopped at the red light which still slow you down, and you have to be close (like 200 feet) so you are at a slow roll at that point anyway.
All it is doing is cycling the light, so don’t be under the impression it goes STRAIGHT TO GREEN as soon as you hit it with the strobe. It still has to let the other direction light do the yellow-then-red thing first to stop traffic. So you still have to wait a few seconds. In other words, you still have to come to a complete stop 95% of the time, and at best, you are doing a very slow roll. In theory you might be able to just cruise through as the light was just turning green, but I’d hate to be hit by the guy who was running the ‘unexpected yellow’ light he got going the other direction