Thanks to modern technology, we can take great high-quality photographs with our smartphones. But they don’t turn out quite as great on a moonlit night. Ukrainian startup iblazr wanted to change that and has developed a synchronised LED flash compatible with iOS and Android. The Kiev-based team is seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter since 23 July for its open source project and has already reached three quarters of its 58.000-dollar target goal.
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As a photography enthusiast, CEO Vlad Tislenko came up with the idea for a smartphone flash about a year ago. “I began using my DSLR less and less and took most of my pictures with my smartphone,” he told inventures.eu. “But at night, the smartphone camera is really useless.”
The iblazr is a small portable device that connects to the headphone jack of a smartphone and works with both front and rear-facing cameras. “Basically, it’s the first external flash for smartphones and tablets,” Tislenko said. The accessory has a built-in rechargeable battery, which should last about three hours in power-saving mode.
The team of six entrepreneurs, designers and developers has spent countless hours on the flash device. “We’ve changed several concepts of iblazr, made several generations of prototypes and wrote an unlimited amount of code for our apps,” Tislenko said.
Why do they need crowdfunding?
“The startup infrastructure in Ukraine is really weak,” the CEO told us, making crowdfunding a necessary choice for further development of the iblazr. “We need to organise the mass production, purchase a large number of electronic components and manufacturing molds,” he said. The funding would also be used for making an app ready for market launch.
Funding begins at 33 dollars and pre-orders can be placed until 3 September with an estimated delivery in December 2013. Backers who pledge 39 dollars have the choice of the basic model in either white or black. Enthusiasts who are willing to spend a little more can get their hands on the anodised aluminum version.
Stay tuned for more!