In exceptional circumstances, the camera flash on a typical smartphone is bright enough to double up as a flashlight. With the addition of Travelamp, your smartphone can use this bright light as an impromptu bedside lamp or nightlight.

Travelamp, as designed by Sebastiano Tosi and Mattia Fossati, is a small copy of a lamp or lantern as molded out of durable silicone. A simple strap means Travelamp can be attached to your smartphone so that it's positioned over the camera flash. Thus the light is diffused upwards and outwards.

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The device measures 2.1 x 2.3 x 3.7 inches (5.3 x 5.9 x 9.3 cm), and fits "most small- to mid-sized smartphones." This makes Travelamp perfect for travelers who need a small, simple lamp ... as long as they have a means of charging their phone frequently, that is, as using a smartphone camera flash in this way will drain a battery quickly.

Travelamp isn't available until October, but can be pre-ordered now for US$8.

Source: Fred & Friends via Gizmodo

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