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Griffin debuts iPod flashlight, laser pointer add-ons

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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41

What a joke - Small minds!

Posted by -jcs on September 26, 2004 at 2:55 AM (PDT)

42

Well, for those of us that use laser pointers for presentations *might* want this - I have gone through 3 or 4 laser pointers because those little batteries start oxidizing or whatever inside the pointers and kill them, not to mention they blow through batteries like crazy and it’s a pain to find the right kind of batteries because the foriegn producers ship the pointers with batteries that have wierd codes so you never know what batteries to replace them with (by design, so you’ll just pay another $9.99 to get another laser pointer).

Save the environment - get the iLaser!  But make sure your iPod is charged prior to your presentation or you’ll look like a dork pointing your iPod at the screen…

Posted by Peter on September 26, 2004 at 5:18 AM (PDT)

43

looks like “notme” has a bit too much time on their hands…

Posted by kespodder in BG, OH on September 26, 2004 at 6:13 AM (PDT)

44

landon, i think you have to unplug your earphone before using the ibeam, that’s the most awesome part

i prefer those US$3 torch found in hong kong, same size with ibeam, with led and laser all in one

Posted by lok on September 26, 2004 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

45

You guys are harsh. Maybe if I did nothing all day but sit in front of my computer and complaining on the iPodlounge forums, then I wouldn’t need something like the iBeam.

But since I do regularly venture out into the real world, this device would be great for me. Plus, my cats love laser pointers.

.narco

Posted by narco in Burbank on September 26, 2004 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

46

When will someone develop an mp3 player which I can attach to my torch?

Posted by loGan on September 26, 2004 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

47

“Why would anyone want this ?”

i take my iPod camping (listening to scary audiobooks in the woods is even better on an iPod).  So a flash light would be great!  As for the laserpointer, now I can pass off an iPod as a business expense!

Posted by Stevehops on September 26, 2004 at 12:08 PM (PDT)

48

my only question is where is the on and off switches on these things?

i wouldn’t want the on and off swwitch to be the iPOD buttons…it would look mad derrty and take away the warranty of the clickwheel! other wise, i REALLY REALLY want this! more for the “show” factor anyway

Posted by does it matter on September 26, 2004 at 5:51 PM (PDT)

49

I agree, you guys need to stop being so critical, these are potentially very useful.  Griffin I am sure is getting low on ideas these days and need to keep their name in the media, but still, for anyone that does presentations this could be very handy, and people would envy the guy with the all-in-one music, calendar, voice-recorder, image saver, laser pointer, this could be an all in one business tool easily.

Posted by notSoCritical on September 26, 2004 at 9:27 PM (PDT)

50

A German guy made an iBeam for himself for a few cents some days ago - take a look:

http://firepot.bl.am/

(link provided by [url=http://www.ipodfun.de]http://www.ipodfun.de)[/url]

Posted by ClarkKent on September 27, 2004 at 3:27 AM (PDT)

51

“i take my iPod camping (listening to scary audiobooks in the woods is even better on an iPod). So a flash light would be great!”

as my understanding, you can’t use the iBeam together with any earphone.  i don’t see there is audio out from the iBeam

Posted by lok on September 27, 2004 at 5:30 AM (PDT)

52

RadioShark won’t see the light of day.  It’s a stupid idea.  It’s a good thing Griffin realized it before bringing it to market.  Maybe if it was repositioned, maybe, but a Radio/Tivo product is not a mass market goldmine.

True, these are just as inane, but, they are not as expensive to develop.  Because they’re cheap, many will sell.

Posted by Gordy on September 27, 2004 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

53

notSoCritical, the point is, these are all devices which could be made at exactly the same bloody size without having an ipod attached to them, so why in gods name would they need to make them as ipod attachments?

As for ideas, here are two that have been asked for over and over:

AM/FM Radio receiver (plug into top like itrip, phones plug into it and use cable for antenna; or plug into dock jack andhave internal antenna or still use phones or power cable). Ideally with tivo-like recording capability so you can come back and listen to the ball game or the NPR show after being interrupted without missing anything.

An RF remote control that’s properly shaped to be mounted on a steering wheel. That wouldn’t even require any special firmware, there are already a couple of wireless remotes for the ipod… but they’re in the wrong format. Come up with an RF remote receiver that comes with *two* remotes… one for the steering wheel and one for normal use, and you’ll have something people will buy.

Posted by JC on September 27, 2004 at 6:01 AM (PDT)

54

Why there are always new hardwares! They should just launch a software to make iPod a replacement for their lest than perfect PowerMate. So, when ever you sync or charge your iPod. It would become your super scroll wheel with buttons ready to be customized for various applications. Guys other than Griffin pls. listen!

Posted by Kris on September 27, 2004 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

55

i might ask for that for chirstmas, not worth ordering, but just as a present or something, just for show basically. could be useful, i mean you never know when you need a laser pointer (for helping ppl on their comps and stuff). just like you never know when youll need the radio transmitter, pocket radio, italk, pocketdock, swiss knife, lighter, ipod remote, personal organiser, wallet and phone that i carry in my pockets now - lol. yeah, they do bulge.
about the tv remote for ipod, i emailed them with a link to a site explaining how to make the total remote work on ipods, and they said theyd think about it. depends, if you want it, email them and theyll get so bugged they might release it.

cya,
-Pete-

Posted by peterburk in Geneva, Switzerland on September 27, 2004 at 6:13 AM (PDT)

56

i might ask for that for chirstmas, not worth ordering, but just as a present or something, just for show basically. could be useful, i mean you never know when you need a laser pointer (for helping ppl on their comps and stuff). just like you never know when youll need the radio transmitter, pocket radio, italk, pocketdock, swiss knife, lighter, ipod remote, personal organiser, wallet and phone that i carry in my pockets now - lol. yeah, they do bulge.
about the tv remote for ipod, i emailed them with a link to a site explaining how to make the total remote work on ipods, and they said theyd think about it. depends, if you want it, email them and theyll get so bugged they might release it.

cya,
-Pete-

Posted by peterburk in Geneva, Switzerland on September 27, 2004 at 6:14 AM (PDT)

57

my brother always jokes around with these kind of attachments, one fo his personal favorite ideas is the “iMicrowave”

Posted by Man in AZ on September 27, 2004 at 6:53 AM (PDT)

58

Obviously you guys are NOT Ph D students, professors, or people who work in a business where you need to make presentations a lot.  Having your iPod Mini double as a laser pointer is EXTREMELY nifty and useful to ALOT of people.  You guys should really open your minds more and stop being a bunch of cynical, looking-for-something-bad-to-say, iPod msg board dorks

Posted by SmellCoffee on September 27, 2004 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

59

“A German guy made an iBeam for himself for a few cents some days ago”

Actually he says 3-4 Euros which is hardly a few cents - more like $5 US. And this is only for the flashlight… nothing about a laser module which I think is the coolest of the two.

Posted by Mac Guy on September 27, 2004 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

60

does anyone have a flashlight to find the Ibeam that is at the bottom of my bag?

also good if you get ship wrecked and need a lighthouse

Posted by Head on September 27, 2004 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

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