By Michelle Park.
Is the Square register mimicking the colors of the Apple rainbow? Certainly not. As the Square card readers continue to remain sleek in white at local boutiques and shops, the iblazr turns to vivid candy colors. Iblazr is the first universal LED flash designed to support your favorite smart device, whether it is the new Samsung Galaxy S4 or the iPad mini.
Almost as small as a quarter and a tad thicker than an iPhone, the iblazr features a set of four efficient LED lights that are about seven times stronger than the built-in iPhone flash. To be more specific, the LEDs are capable of emitting 100 lux on 1m on the video mode, and 180 lux on the flash mode. For photographers who are into the flash-flooding aesthetic of fashion series, you can bulk up to five iblazrs for the desired effect with the Belkin Rockstar. Thankfully, its high capacity for a luminous flash does not deplete your already too-soon depleted battery—the iblazr comes with its own batteries and charger to fulfill its flash-snapping duties.
The installation cannot be simpler: plug in the flash unit as you would do with your regular earphones and download the iblazr app onto your device—voilà, you are all set! Despite its minimal user guidelines, there are two catches to this pocket-friendly accessory. Due to the nature of the iPhone 5’s audio connectors, the flash unit will not be adjacent to the camera lens, but hang upside down from the bottom of the phone. We do not know if this is going to an issue, as the second catch is that iblazr is not out on the market just yet. There is no pricing available and the official website is merely a single page spread of studio images of the iblazr. Having said that, the iblazr is promoted through six social media portals (with a youtube page to come), with frequent updates of additional promo pictures.
Once the iblazr is launched, it will be available for sale on Kickstarter. Keep a keen eye on its social media pages and sign up for the mailing list on its website, “to be the first to know about the campaign.”