iblazr: First Fully Synchronized LED Flash For iOS And Android Devices

iblazr Is First Fully Synchronized LED Flash For iOS Devices

Struggling to take pictures with your smartphone at night? Usually you will depend on the built in flash in your smartphone but most of the time it just makes the pictures worse. Unless you are an owner of the latest smartphones which perform well under low-light conditions, here is a little addition that might come in handy for you.

iblazr Is First Fully Synchronized LED Flash For Android Devices

The iblazr team out of the Ukraine has developed a fully synchronized LED flash for iOS and Android devices that plugs into the audio jack of a phone or tablet and provides enhanced lighting for photography. It's been designed to eliminate the white- or red-eye effect which works in photo and video mode. The device is also powered by a built-in battery, which means the iblazr also works when it’s not plugged into a smartphone or tablet.

iBlazr works with both front and back cameras. The iblazr sports four Cree LEDs that beam through custom 60° optics at up to 200 Lux on 1m which is four times higher than iPhone’s built-in flash. 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 mode (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. When it is not charging or connected with any devices, iBlazr can function as a regular flash light.

A comparison picture of a photo taken without flash (left), with iPhone’s flash (mid) and one with iBlazr (right)

 When iblazr is not charging or connected with any devices, it can function as a regular flash light

According to the developers, it's the first portable flash module capable of fully synchronizing with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

"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 company is also developing a free proprietary app for the iOS and Android platforms which offers basic functionality such as switching between photo and video mode, as well as firing constantly or for individual shots only. There’s also instant access to the user’s photo library, in addition to alternating between the front and rear-facing camera.

More importantly, the app also gives users the ability to adjust the brightness and also synchronize the flash with the necessary shutter speed. 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. iblazr is looking for $58,000 to take its portable flash to market. Backers are able to pre-order the device right now starting at $33 for early bird pledges and $39 thereafter  for a black or white edition.

iblazr is available in 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.

Anodized aluminum iblazr is12 percent more powerful when used in constant light mode


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Write by: RC - Monday, August 5, 2013

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