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iblazr synchronized jack flash nips red-eye in the bud

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The iblazr LED flash module for smartphones and tablets
The iblazr LED flash module for smartphones and tablets
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The iblazr packs its own battery so it won't leech from the host device
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The iblazr packs its own battery so it won't leech from the host device
The iblazr can bring flash photography to mobile devices that don't have their own units
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The iblazr can bring flash photography to mobile devices that don't have their own units
The iblazr ships with a flexible USB charging cable
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The iblazr ships with a flexible USB charging cable
A free app for iOS and Android has been developed that allows the unit to sync with the camera shutter on the host device
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A free app for iOS and Android has been developed that allows the unit to sync with the camera shutter on the host device
The iblazr is claimed to output more light than device-based flash modules
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The iblazr is claimed to output more light than device-based flash modules
The iblazr can be used as a stand-alone torch
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The iblazr can be used as a stand-alone torch
The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)
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The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)
When plugged into a USB port, the iblazr can provide illumination for after-hours typing on a laptop keyboard
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When plugged into a USB port, the iblazr can provide illumination for after-hours typing on a laptop keyboard
According to the developers, iblazr is the first portable flash module capable of fully synchronizing with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
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According to the developers, iblazr is the first portable flash module capable of fully synchronizing with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)
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The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)
There's an included filter for enhancing photos taken via the app
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There's an included filter for enhancing photos taken via the app
The iblazr can improve shots with a bright background
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The iblazr can improve shots with a bright background
iblazr units in black or white
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iblazr units in black or white
The premium edition iblazr in anodized aluminum
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The premium edition iblazr in anodized aluminum
The iblazr LED flash module for smartphones and tablets
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The iblazr LED flash module for smartphones and tablets
The top shot is courtesy of a built-in flash, with an iblazr version below
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The top shot is courtesy of a built-in flash, with an iblazr version below
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Smartphone cameras are great for capturing that spur of the moment memory, but even with a built-in flash, after-dark snaps can look pretty grim. The iblazr team out of the Ukraine has developed a fully synchronized LED flash module that plugs into the audio jack of a phone or tablet. It's been designed to eliminate the white- or red-eye effect, and packs its own battery so it won't leech from the host device.

The iblazr sports four Cree LEDs that beam through custom 60° optics at up to 200 Lux. The unit benefits from its own 200 mAh Li-Pol battery, which is reported to be good for 1,000 flashes or up to 40 minutes of full strength constant light (or three hours in battery-saving mode). It comes supplied with a flexible USB cable that not only provides a means of charging the battery, but can also be manipulated into various useful positions (to provide illumination for after-hours typing on a laptop keyboard, for example).

When plugged into a USB port, the iblazr can provide illumination for after-hours typing on a laptop keyboard
When plugged into a USB port, the iblazr can provide illumination for after-hours typing on a laptop keyboard

According to the developers, it's the first portable flash module capable of fully synchronizing with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. In addition to outputting more light than device-based flash modules, the iblazr can also bring flash photography to mobile devices that don't have their own units. It can also help stop your subjects looking like they've been possessed by some evil entity.

"The closer the flash is situated to the camera lens axis the stronger the effect of the red-eye," explains iblazr founder and CEO Vkad Tislenko. "iblazr is situated much further from the camera than native smartphone LEDs. The app also reduces the red-eye effect even further, by providing a short amount of light before the flash which also prevents the red-eye effect."

The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)
The accompanying app helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back)

A free proprietary app for iOS and Android platforms has been developed that allows the unit to sync with the camera shutter on the device. There's an included filter for enhancing photos taken via the app. It also helps users to choose which camera to use with iblazr (front or back), and to take control of the intensity of the light thrown out. The team says that the app is constantly being updated to build on existing functionality and bring new features to users.

After nearly a year of design fine-tuning and prototyping, the iblazr team has taken its design to Kickstarter for the final push toward production. All of the early bird pledge levels have gone, so backers will now need to stump up at least US$39 for a black or white edition.

If plastic is not classy enough for you, an anodized aluminum iblazr that's 12 percent more powerful when used in constant light mode is also among the numerous options. The campaign is due to close on September 3, with delivery estimated for December.

The iblazr is overviewed in the pitch video below.

Sources: iblazr, Kickstarter

iblazr - the LED flash for smartphones and tablets.

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1 comment
BigGoofyGuy
I think this is way cool since it not only works on with iOS but also Android and electronic devices. IMO; it is worth the $39 plus to invest.