WiFi-controlled multi-color light gives photos some Kick
By Ben Coxworth
May 30, 2013
Not long ago we reviewed Photojojo’s Pocket Spotlight, a compact LED light source for use with smartphone cameras – or even with stand-alone cameras, for that matter. While the Spotlight just provides a single intensity of “white” light, the company’s new Kick is considerably fancier. It can be remotely-controlled via an iPhone app, and set to any color under the rainbow.
The Kick can be slid onto the back of the user’s iPhone, and used to simply brighten up their photos or videos. It can also be placed apart from the phone, however (it has a tripod-mount hole in the bottom), and controlled via its own Wi-Fi signal. Using a dedicated app, users can then set the color and intensity of its 40 LED bulbs. Its maximum output is 400 lumens, and it’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Should they be shooting video, users can also set the light to shine in different patterns – if they’re trying to simulate a fire, for instance, they can get the Kick to give off a flickering, orangey light.
Instead of just trying to guess the exact color and pattern of things like fire, though, users can utilize the app to sample images of those things. Once sampled, those colors and/or patterns can then be recreated by the Kick. As an example, should someone want the device to give off a convincing police car-like strobing red light, they just sample some video of such a light first.
While the Kick is controlled via an iPhone 4, 4S or 5, the light it provides can obviously be used by any phone or camera.
It’s priced at US$179.