Kickstarter spotlight: Kick

Lighting is extremely important when doing photos and videos, and while more and more mobile devices (even tablets) comes with LED lights to help the camera take good pictures, it isn’t exactly the most advanced of lights out there. The Kick, however, is. In a nutshell, it’s a small, portable, iPhone-controlled camera light. It has an LED panel capable of emitting light in all sorts of color and temperatures, and is controlled via WiFi from an iPhone. The control app is designed to both control the Kick in general and work as a camera app, thus allowing you to either use this an an accessory for the iPhone itself or use it with an iPhone and a better, standalone camera – making the iPhone the light remote.

So why would you want such a light? Well, the video demonstrates it very well. Aside from creating various effects and enhancing images through static lighting, the app has advanced features for creating dynamic lighting effects, such a imitating a flickering candle, thunder storm, or a TV in the background. You can even use video files as the base to create new effects, like turning a video of a fire into a fire lighting effect.

The app-enabled full version of the Kick, the Kick Plus, will set you back $149. That puts this into the realm of an enthusiast accessory, though there are many uses for it. The app will only be available for Android first and foremost, though an API will be available so that it will technically be controllable from other devices, just without the ease of use and UI.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.