If you didn’t know the iPhone can intermittently flash its LED light when a call or incoming text is received. It’s an option designed for those that are of the hard of hearing, but it can also be used by anyone that that has their phone on silent and not residing in their pocket. However, if your iPhone is laying back down on a desk or table, then this feature is useless. Unless of course you’ve got the FLASHr case installed.

The Kickstarter project, which currently has 31 days left and needs about $60,000 to get fully funded, is a case that channels the iPhone’s LED flash around the circumference of the case emitting a green hue almost viewable from any angle. Just keep in mind that you’ll need the aforementioned handicap feature enabled, which can be accessed via the iPhone’s settings menu under General>; Accessibility >;LED Flash for Alerts. The case, which uses a specially designed reflective plate, also includes an on/off switch, which is nothing more than a physical proxy (it won’t turn the iPhone’s feature off). Unfortunately, you’ll have to be willing to sacrifice night time shots, as you won’t be able to use the iPhone 4s’ flash for its traditionally intended use; to capture photos. That is unless of course the final design calls for an on/off switch that enables the iPhone’s flash to work double duty.

Update: that on/off switch is in fact a physical shutter that lets the user choose between the iPhone’s flash for the case or the camera.

The FLASHr costs $35 and should be available in a variety of colors when it goes into production.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."