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There seems to be a surge of mobile photography accessories on Kickstarter these days. Really, the trend makes sense – mobile manufacturers consistently tout their handsets' camera capabilities, and most everyone is prone to snapping shots with their phones. The desire to get better quality photos out of the most convenient cameras around is natural.

From Muku's Shuttr to the Lumu light meter, there's a lot to look forward to when it comes to mobile photo gear. Adding one more entry to that list, iblazr has received over $31,000 more than their original funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter with 28 days to go.

Pegging itself as "the LED flash for smartphones and tablets," iblazr is essentially a pack of four LED flashes that hooks up to your device's headphone jack, providing "an uncompromising amount of light for such a small size." Indeed, the campaign page shows off some pretty impressive comparison images shot with the iblazr.

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The flash has its own dedicated battery inside and charges with a special USB cord (kind of like the Jawbone UP). It can also be powered on continually as a flashlight or hot light, at least until its 200mAh battery runs out of juice.

iblazr also advertises that it can be used with a headphone splitter, in case you need twice the blazing brightness. Whether a headphone splitter/lumu/iblazr configuration will work is yet to be seen. Fingers crossed.

Source: Kickstarter

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

    After watching that video and looking at the research, I just hope the product is up to snuff because I'm absolutely sold on it!

    • Matt Holmgren

      Same, which is why I purchased the 2 pack. One for me and one for a Christmas present!

      • Sean Royce

        Lol why did you even get downvoted.

  • mant0x

    I think it's only for apple devices, because it connects through 3.5 headphones jack and I never heard android devices could use 3.5 jack not for audio/video output...

    • mgamerz

      It might be that it sends a specially crafted audio signal the that device interprets as a 'flash' signal. The audio is routed out the headphone jack so you wouldn't hear it.

      • mant0x

        Maybe it could be true.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The Kickstarter mentions Android compatibility. I can't remember off the top of my head, but Lumu also found a solution for powering their accessory through the headphone jack, at least on certain devices.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        There's no power required here, is there? There's a separate battery, and the only thing that it needs to do is to receive the signal to fire. Having seen apps like Paypal Here or Square, I know it's definitely possible to communicate this type of information via the headset jack.

        • fanoush

          Having ears and having heard of this fantastic technology called "sound" I know it's definitely possible to communicate any type of information via the headset jack ;-)

    • Razo_E

      my MyTouch 4G Slide would send video/audio through the 3.5mm jack.

      • mant0x

        I know, I said it can send video/audio.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Watch the video.

    • Eric Jones

      The square credit card reader works through the audio jack on Android. The Kickstarter page says it's for Android as well as iPhone. I also doubt that Android Police would be talking about it if it didn't work on Android, or wouldn't work on Android soon.

    • Mohammad Danish

      The original Galaxy S could output video/audio via it's headphone jack. I used to use it with an AV cable that I got with my Nokia 5800 back in the day, worked perfectly. Basically the cable had a 3.5mm plug on one side and standard AV plugs on the other.

  • Elias

    Damn russians stole my idea

  • jmlares

    I can't wait to get mine! :D

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    IMO, if it's powered by an external battery, I would rather it being a Xenon flash. LED is good for video, but the output of it is much lower than a Xenon Flash for stills.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      My guess is for mobile, LED is far more suitable because of the power draw. Such a small battery would die in a few dozen shots if the flash were Xenon.

      • martijnve

        My old sony erricsson k800i featurephone had a Xenon flash, so while i agree that the led-solution is probably less power hungry, Xenon is obviously doable. And would probably greatly increase effectiveness.

    • Hans Pedersen

      I agree, if it is a dedicated flash, that also requires you to run a dedicated app like this one seems to do, a Xenon flash would have been smarter. Imagine the eye pain for anyone in the picture, having to stare a four LED flashlights. :)

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