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Blinkit: turn your iPod into a torch

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October 19, 2006

October 20, 2006 At last count, more than 3000 accessories are available for the iPod, from the ordinary to the outlandish, but none quite as downright handy as Blinkit. Turning an iPod into a torch might at first sound like the plot of a Legally Blond movie, and the fact that it blinks in time with the music might add weight to that theory, but having a torch is very useful if you go out at night a lot and it’s not always cool to carry a torch and in some neighbourhoods you might even get locked up. An iPod with a discrete accessory offering serious lighting power makes sense – it’s small, low-bucks (US$30) and very useful when you consider its high-output beam is visible up to several hundred yards away.

This versatile flashing light accessory for Apple’s ubiquitous portable music and video player has a brilliant light beam for night-time visibility when you wish to light up a path or sidewalk, find your way in a dark parking garage, spotlight keys in the bottom of a purse or backpack, illuminate door locks, read a book or map, or locate a seat in a dark theatre. Anyone who has a mini, nano, or any other iPod with a dock connector will probably not use any of the six modes of Blinkit flashing. If you’re intent on becoming the sugar plum fairy, Blinkit dresses up for the season with interchangeable tinted lens caps in holiday red, green, blue and yellow.

Blinkit fits your iPod simultaneously with headphones, and the adjustable mirror system lets you direct light forward or to both sides with a high-output beam visible up to several hundred yards away. Its efficient design minimizes iPod battery use to a negligible level.

The essentials atop most experts’ lists include carrying cases, external speakers and upgraded headphones. Now you can add Blinkit.

Blinkit is available for $29.95.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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