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iblazr is a Synched External Flash Unit for Smartphone and Tablets

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Disappointed in the power of your smartphone’s built-in flash when shooting at night? The iblazr wants to help you. It’s the world’s first “fully synchronized” external flash unit for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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The square-shaped attachment mounts to the audio jack of your smart device, and can be used with both the front and the back of the camera.

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Since it connects via the audio jack, you can use the iblazr as an off-camera flash by using a headphone extension cable. You can also use a headphone splitter to use multiple iblazr units with your device.

On the front of the device are four powerful LED lights that can easily outshine the puny LED lights found next to mobile cameras.

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Inside is a built-in 200 mAh battery that can power 1000 flashes per charge without sucking any of your smartphone’s (or tablet’s) power. Need a constant light? The iblazr can do 40 straight minutes on a single charge. Recharging is done using a USB cable.

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Unlike other LED attachments that exist for smartphones, iblazr is designed to sync with camera apps, eliminating the nasty red (or white) eye that you often get with built-in flashes. The official app is free:

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The downside to this is that you’ll need to a compatible app to take advantage of it.

A list of apps that will be compatible with the iblazr

A list of apps that will be compatible with the iblazr

The software behind the project is open sourced, so iOS and Android developers can freely build sync compatibility into their own camera apps.

Performance-wise, iblazr claims to be 10 times more powerful than the built-in LED light on iPhones when shooting in video mode:

Here are some comparisons showing how the light stacks up against built-in flashes for still photographs:

iPhone 5 photos using the built-in flash (top) and the iblazr (bottom)

iPhone 5 photos using the built-in flash (top) and the iblazr (bottom)

iPhone 5 photos shot using no flash (left), the built-in flash (center), and the iblazr (right)

iPhone 5 photos shot using no flash (left), the built-in flash (center), and the iblazr (right)

iblazr is currently raising funding on Kickstarter, where a $39 contribution will preorder you an iblazr unit (they start shipping in December 2013).

You can also find out more about the iblazr by visiting its official website.

iblazr: The first fully synchronised flash for iOS and Android (via Photocritic)


 
  • iblazr

    Thank you guys, for featuring us out!
    Backers, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

  • http://www.colinpeddle.com Colin Peddle

    Can I plug a 3.5mm female to male extension cord into this and have off camera flash?

  • iblazr

    Yes, sure. :)

  • http://www.colinpeddle.com Colin Peddle

    Could you use a 3.5 mm splitter and have two off camera flashes or more? And will the flash from this trigger an optical slave like say, a nikon sb800?

  • MJ Coffey

    Great concept. Just what I needed for my iPhone 5. I backed your project ;)

  • iblazr

    The same yes :) You will be able to connect up to … devices using Belkin Rockstar, for example.

  • iblazr

    Thank you for doing the iblazr technology closer to reality!

  • Andrew Park

    Looks great :)

  • heyimrhiz

    Is this compatible to Huawei Cellphones ?

  • Mike

    Is this product or can it be compatable with the HTC One Max Standard camera and not an app?

  • William Dieke

    Id have to guess no about the SB800, these flashes use some kind of frequency within the flash from the built in DSLR to tell the flash what power ets to use.

  • nickita

    Wer cn I get it in mumbai or onlne