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Griffin debuts iPod flashlight, laser pointer add-ons

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, September 24, 2004
News Categories: iPod Accessories

Griffin Technology has quietly introduced iBeam, a set of two small iPod attachments that turn the music player into a flashlight or a class IIIA laser pointer. The iBeam sells for $19.99 and will begin shipping by the end of October. Both accessories come with a protective snap-on cap that can be attached to any keychain.

“The iBeam flashlight is surprisingly functional when a quick beam of light is required in a dark car or doorstep. The iBeam laser pointer is an amazingly powerful red laser beam that is capable of being seen over a quarter of a mile away. Need we say how much fun this could be?”

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21

Incredibly pointless.. yet now I really want a laser pointer on my iPod.

Posted by Syph on September 25, 2004 at 6:03 AM (PDT)

22

It’s dark…I need light…hey hey, it’s the iBeam to the rescue!....now if I only had some light I might be able to take it off my keychain and attach it to my iPod…

Posted by Daft Junk on September 25, 2004 at 6:18 AM (PDT)

23

mmmmmmmhahahahahahahaha!

Posted by Daddo on September 25, 2004 at 6:56 AM (PDT)

24

this is a diversion from their botched attempts to release the Radio Shark.  It’s a “wag the dog” strategy for Griffin ...

Posted by Henry L on September 25, 2004 at 8:04 AM (PDT)

25

Please come out with something useful, like a line in for recording. (and I’m not talking about the useless iMic garbage, I want a REAL line in, RCAs preferably)

Posted by scot on September 25, 2004 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

26

A line in would be great however isn’t that the responsability of Apple and a firmware upgrade? For the mic in it’s at 16 bit and 8 khz… pretty small. Not good for taking the minidisc trophy for small and compact line in/ mic recording.

Posted by Jojo the Clown on September 25, 2004 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

27

whos goona buy this crap??

Posted by Ed on September 25, 2004 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

28

Very handy if you need to find your iPod in a dark room!

Posted by Chimpee on September 25, 2004 at 9:58 AM (PDT)

29

egads. useless.

Posted by vanguard_98 on September 25, 2004 at 10:28 AM (PDT)

30

egads. useless.

Posted by vanguard_98 on September 25, 2004 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

31

I find ‘em quite cool.. lasers are now illegal to sell (and probably use) in Spain although they are still pretty easy to find in chinese shops.

The flashlight one seems like the more “useful” of the two, its the kind of thing that you keep “just in case” but u never really use, and when u do need it, u didnt bring it…

Posted by Hitesh Sawlani on September 25, 2004 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

32

Hehe cool, i want them, yes they are pointless but isnt 90% of the world…

Posted by Will Burn on September 25, 2004 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

33

How about releasing the RADIOshark instead of all these lame add ons.

Posted by Griffin losing its edge? on September 25, 2004 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

34

neat, but useless in most cases…. make that 99% of the time =/

how many more pointless addons will they release before the serious/useful ones come out?

whats up griffin?

Posted by griever2004 on September 25, 2004 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

35

Sounds cool to me. I can’t understand all the hate for these type of gadgets. I’d buy one.

Posted by Kurt on September 25, 2004 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

36

More great ideas from the labs of Griffin Tech and just in time for the holiday gift giving season!

* iBrush - The premier electric toothbrush attachment for your iPod.  The MicroSonicOscillator™ scrubs your teeth to the rhythm of your favorite playlist! Perfect the on-the-go generation who prefer to travel light, or for when you need a quick brush-up for that serendipitous hook-up!  Baby!

* iCan -  Need to open a can of tuna and can’t find the can opener?  Not a problem with this state-of-the-art iPod Accessory.  Just pop it in your earbud port and BAAM! those finicky cans of tuna will never know what hit ’em.  Also great for canned corn.

*  iSlice - Forget your carving knife on Thanksgiving day.  No sweat!  The iSlice carving attachment is guaranteed to give you perfect slices every time.  Truly a cut above the rest!

* iBrew - The iBrew is perfect for reheating those neglected half-consumed cups of coffee. Made with a space-age tungsten micro-filament, the iBrew is simple to use.  Just clip the BrewStick™ on the lip of your standard coffee house paper coffee cup, replace the cap, and then plug the BrewBlock™ into your earbud jack.  Your coffee is hot in minutes!  Plug your earbuds into the BrewBlock’s patent pending earbud port and you are java-jammin!


All iPod accessories are available as a key chain charm or sheathed in ready to wear fashion holster.  Designer colors available as custom orders (additional $70).  Sorry, not available in monkey, retro AV gear, or healing crystal motifs.

Posted by notMe on September 25, 2004 at 3:21 PM (PDT)

37

hahaha.

Posted by agentsmith on September 25, 2004 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

38

This is pathetic…

Posted by John on September 25, 2004 at 6:48 PM (PDT)

39

Thats cool i’ll keep the flashlight in my car next to the mini mag light lol, could always use more light w/ minimal space just in case

Posted by Daniel on September 25, 2004 at 7:20 PM (PDT)

40

Man, this is awsome. I mean, what’s cooler than listening to your entire music colletion and being able screw around with people (with the laser pointer) with one tiny little device. Now all they need is WiFi.

Posted by Landon on September 25, 2004 at 10:20 PM (PDT)

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