As I have said before, those smartphones in your pockets are more powerful and useful than many give them credit for, and with the right accessories and tech, you can utilise those capabilities and leave many other items at home!
Take the The Superbook by Andromium, the iOgrapher film-making cases or The Pilot from Waverly Labs. When these “accessories” are paired with the new crop of Apple, Google and Samsung (among other) handsets, you have the ability to work, to create and to connect with people new & old like never before!
Lumi by Lume Cube
Following on from the success of the original Lume Cube, the team are back and crowd funding for their new product, the Lumi.
Slated as the next generation of lifestyle lighting, the Lumi appears to have the major factors covered; size, functionality and cost for any budding mobile photographer, or even a professional shooting with a DSLR!
At 1.5 inches X 1 inch and weighing in at only 50g, the Lumi is small enough for any pocket or bag/pouch, yet doesn’t sacrifice on performance. At 1000 lumens, bluetooth connectivity, waterproof to 30ft and a built-in magnet for easy mounting the light is adaptable to any occasion.
The full specifications are:
- Size: 1.5″ x 1″
- Weight: 2.5 oz, 50 g
- LUX: 350 @ 1M
- LED Temp: 5600K
- CRI: 80
- Waterproof: 10M / 30Ft
- Battery: Internal Non-Replaceable Li-Ion Polymer
- Charge: Micro USB
- Run Time: 30 Min @ 100%, 60 Min 50%
- Mounting: Encased Earth Magnet, Standard Tripod Mount (¼-20)
- Control: Bluetooth and Single Button Manual Operation
- Manual Settings: 10 Manual Brightness Adjustments
- Modes: Photo / Video / Strobe
- Devices: iPhone, Android, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, GoPro
For those heavy users, maybe the social media content creators for example, you can sync multiple Lumis via the app and control the brightness to suit the level of light needed. As the connectivity is via Bluetooth, those filming or shooting outside can still connect up to 90ft away!
The Lumi has been fully funded but there are still plenty of offers available on their Indiegogo page.
Starting at just $39 (+ shipping) you can get one of the 3 launch models (Black/Pink/Red), but this might be a bit to bare for most. Keep scrolling down the offering list and you will find some great deals including $55 for the Mobile Creators kit or $79 for the Smartphone Video Kit, both with shipping as extra.
The stand out deal for me is the Creative Kit at $139 which is sure to help those GoPro creators, yet the hardware provided is easily adapted to most other recording devices.
Visit and purchase directly from their Indiegogo site, check out the Lume Cube Site for more info, sign up for their Giveaways and a chance at some freebies and finally go and watch some of the mesmerizing content filmed using both the Lume Cube and Lumi on YouTube.
*Editors Note: Yes the title was taken from one of the greatest films ever made! A little bad language is also included.