The lamp that's not a lamp

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UpLamp is a smartphone dock that turns your smartphone into a bedside lamp

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Billed as the "first lampless lamp," the UpLamp ditches a conventional bulb or LED in favor of your smartphone's LED camera flash. The "lamp's" optics scatter the light from the flash throughout the device's interior and onto a resin imbued with a fluorescent additive that forms the device's surface to produce a soft glow.

Despite being essentially hollow, the reliance on a smartphone does gives the UpLamp a few smart features via the free companion app. For example, the lamp's brightness can be controlled using hand gestures, while a clap can be used to turn it on or off or activate the snooze in the morning. The lamp will also turn itself off if the smartphone hasn't detected any movement for 30 minutes.

Serving as a smartphone dock, the UpLamp will charge your mobile device and also amplify audio from your phone's speaker. However, in keeping with the device's simplicity, it doesn't have any speaker of its own, but amplifies the sound by a chamber that redirects the sound emitted from the base of the phone in a similar manner to the Horn Stand Amplifier.

UpLamp is compatible with the iPhone 5, the 5S, the 6, and the 6S as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S6, the S7, and the S7 Edge. If you own a phone other than an iPhone or a Galaxy, you can request a 3D-printed custom adapter at the time of ordering.

UpLamp is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign that is looking to raise €36,000 (US$40,000) for tooling and production, with lamps available from a pledge level of €39 ($43) in yellow, blue, white, and pink. If all goes to plan, deliveries are expected to begin in August.

The team's video pitch can be viewed below.

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