Do We Need An iLight?

I’m going to start this post with an IMHO because it’s a great example of how simplicity in design means complication in function – which ironically is the opposite of what Apple stands for. Designer Miyoshimasato envisages the iLight, an Apple designed flashlight.

Step 1: Make it look like an Apple product. Put a check here because it really does look like an Apple product. You’ve got the slim slick body devoid of any switches and buttons.

Step 2: Give it an Apple logo and “i” meme. Put another check here because this concept fulfills both prerequisites.

Step 3: Integrate current Apple technologies so the user interface feels familiar. This deserves a big ‘x’ because adding a touch interface with multiple inputs does little to make the product better. In this case, a single touch turns on the light. Tap it again and the light turns off. To increase the luminance, flick your finger forwards and conversely flick is backwards to decrease luminance. To prevent it from turning on accidentally, double tap to lock it. The glowing Apple logo indicates battery status and a single tap on that turns on the emergency light flashes for ‘HELP’ in morse code.

Step 4: No user replaceable battery. It recharges via USB. Put a check here because that’s something Apple would definitely do.

Needlessly complicated? You decide.

Designer: Miyoshimasato

59 Comments

  • Jrronimo says:

    If Apple were trying to make a flashlight and tried to do anything other than buy MagLite, it would fail. As we all hopefully know, MagLite flashlights are the greatest flashlight ever. It’s simple to use and does what it is supposed to do.

    • Awperk says:

      sorry to break it to you but i have 3 maglite flashlights and they suck miserably in comparison to my Surefire.

      • Dingus says:

        Agreed. My 3C Maglite not only completely leaked when it accidentally got submerged for about two minutes in about a foot of fresh water, but the mirror finish tarnished to dark gray. My DealXtreme $18 special has an LED brighter than the incandescent and is better at not drowning (yes, I tested).

      • civic98 says:

        Agreed, Maglite sucks compared to Surefire. I used to have the same perception as Jrronimo till I met Surefire. Maglite is so far behind.

        Had a couple of Maglites, but since I got my Surefire, never changing again.

  • Strider MT2K says:

    Useful and elegant, but I hesitate to ask what it will cost to replace a bulb or battery.

    Sorry.

    • Diabolusunknown says:

      Of course the bulb and battery are not replaceable.

      The battery life on it will start off strong, but after 2 years, it will barely be enough to get a positive ID on a person stalking you down a dark alley, but of course by then, you would be on your third generation, so that shouldnt happen.

      It will require you to sync with iTunes before your able to emit your first light ray, and the led will be able to emit multiple colours, however, they will have to be purchased before being able to use them.

      A new fashion trend will begin as downtown goers will dangle the flashlight adourned around their kneck with an elegant white strap holding it in place, bringing back a day that never existed; the day flashlights were cool.

      And, of course, a touch-screen version will redefine flashlights (as if that had not been do so as a staff with a light at the tip), with its ability to do everything the iPhone can do, except its classified as a flashlight. Flashlight companies will react by not doing something so stupid, and not charge $299 for a fu**ing flashlight.

  • Jdunn4 says:

    oh that will definitely blend.

  • Moordryd says:

    Touch-sensitivity on a unit that needs to work in the dark = Dumb. A flashlight NEEDS tactile feedback. Otherwise, you’ll be distracted trying to find the area on the surface to brighten the light.

    Oh, and for the battery meter: wouldn’t the brightness of the bulb be the tell-tale as to the status of the battery? Maybe not for LED bulbs?

  • Apexevob says:

    That looks like a white laser pointer. Last time I checked flashlights spread light out over a large area, laser pointers direct light in a small beam. Also look how that thing is shaped. Who would want to hold a boxy flashlight in their hand? but hey apple makes it, so all the apple fanboys will buy it just because of that fact.

  • Sheemo44 says:

    but why would apple make a flashlight…

  • Ruggels says:

    Umm, apple sells a flashlight at their HQ, my friend bought me one, I guess they didn’t design it?

  • Djjs says:

    Im sure it it will look cool.. but it would be overpriced ..

  • Anonymous Dork says:

    Posted this over at Gizmodo but I guess this is a better place for it:

    Are we just making fun of Apple? Or are we actually thinking about what an Apple-designed flashlight would look like? If it’s the latter, think about this:

    The USB icon is way too big (and likely would not be there at all had Apple really designed it.)
    The Apple logo is yellow-green? Horizontally oriented and not centered? I don’t think so.
    If the logo is an indicator, Apple would have placed it on the same side of the device as the control.
    The word ON under the logo? In CAPS? Come on.
    And what’s the purpose of the horizontal grey stripe?
    Would a real iLight be touch? No, of course not. It’s not the right application for touch.

    I actually have a point. There are too many people out there thinking that all you have to do to make something look “Apple designed” is make it shiny, white, and as rounded as possible. That’s not what Apple is about at all – it’s about form following function; it’s about not adding things for no reason; it’s about designing a thing to be quintessentially the thing that it is. It’s the substance that makes Apple design special, not the superficial attributes “white”, “round” or “touch”.

    Myoshimasato doesn’t get it. He’s aping all the superficiality and none of the substance.

  • Kooorrg says:

    It’s pretty clear to me that if Apple was to make a flashlight, it would have only one button…

  • thank you all for the comment. First of all why I make a light design for apple because it connected with iLive. I have a philosophy about iLive, I interpret it as apple is our live, it come to uor life to make our live more simple and interesting. So i create a simple thing like iLight.
    I wil answer all comment one by one:
    1.Touch-sensitivity on a unit that needs to work in the dark = Dumb. A flashlight NEEDS tactile feedback. Otherwise, you’ll be distracted trying to find the area on the surface to brighten the light.
    answer: we know that our finger has a sensor too. just use your thumb move forward or back ward. read step 3. the light on the apple logo is the battery indicator in charging state. It will goes red if empty and yellow for full charge. Apple logo also use as emergency button. a single tap on that turns on the emergency light flashes for ‘HELP’ in morse code.
    2.The USB icon is way too big (and likely would not be there at all had Apple really designed it.)
    answer: I guess the usb icon’s proportion was not too big if we compare it with the light size. so where it suppose to be located. because it use to show the user for the usb device location.
    take off the headgear and you will find usb for charging
    3.The Apple logo is yellow-green? Horizontally oriented and not centered? I don’t think so.
    answer: don’t you see that apple is colorful in simple theme color? but i agree with second question. it give a good advice.
    4.If the logo is an indicator, Apple would have placed it on the same side of the device as the control.
    answer: if apple put it in the same side for the function, it will break the minimalism design. why?all fulfill in one side? no way..
    5.The word ON under the logo? In CAPS? Come on.
    answer: maybe the pict was too small, the word is iLight.
    5.And what’s the purpose of the horizontal grey stripe?
    answer: it is only border between headgear and body..it is ok with or without.
    6.Would a real iLight be touch? No, of course not. It’s not the right application for touch.
    answer: who said not right and for what reason? every technologies worthy to combine between one and another to make our life more interesting. maybe someday you can watch youtube on your teeth brush. who knows?

    btw thank you for all comment..i really appreciated

  • iLight says:

    FYI, the name iLight is trademarked globally by several companies, none of which are Apple related.

  • mariess says:

    my ericson phone does everything this light does and it came with a whole bunch of even better stuff. and you dont need to sit near a computer with a billion usb ports to charge it. i dont see apple doing this. its just a “nice” idea

  • Chuck says:

    I had nothing but trouble with Maglites, O-rings, cold temps, and batt Leaks and destroys it, parts too expensive too. Just buy any LED Light and toss the Mag. Obsolete totally!!

  • Hal says:

    I work in buildings and maglites are crap. They rust, batts stick in them, corrode too. Switchs fail and etc.
    Buy a cheap LED lite, 15-20 bucks, a Husky, Dorcy etc are better, last long, batts last 20 hours too.

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