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Hi, BLFers,

We are both huge fans of flashlights. I think you will have your own thoughts on the field of flashlights. What do you think the future holds for flashlight products? Nowadays, numerous flashlights/headlamps on the market are designed with smart motion sensors. These intelligent designs considerably simplify the user’s operation during use. For example, headlamps can be turned on and off by waving your hand. The headlamp automatically steps down when it encounters an obstacle ahead, and the flashlight steps down when you put it in a pocket or backpack, etc.

Question: Do you think a smart flashlight/headlamp is practical? Why?

Leave your thoughts in the comments. We will randomly select 2 lucky people from the comments section on December 15 to win our HS5R headlamps. Enjoy! :beer:

It is convenient for me to control the wave of my hand, it helps a lot when fishing.

The implementation needs to be correct. I remember years ago, some bicycle lights which would dim when they sensed other lights (such as an oncoming car), this is generally not what you want as the driver then cannot see you!

With all “smart” devices the function must assist the user, not create problems.

With regards to the motion sensor headlamps, an option to disable the motion control should be available to allow the use of the lamp in confined space etc where the sensor may get confused.

And finally, they must be tested in heavy rain to ensure they still function correctly!

I like full control (read: manual) on my headlamps but I found a “smart” headlamp is very practical sometimes. But I only tested that “smart” headlamp inside a datacenter.

If I use that in a cave, will it turns on/off when a bat fly nearby? I don’t have the answer yet.

I’ve never had a smart light, so I have no experience with it. But it would certainly depend on the reliability of that smart control and at the same time also on the different price compared to the normal version.

Smart features will definitely be useful for flashlights. I think its the next natural progression for flashlights.

SMart features are in most modern items today, and it’s nice to see them starting to appear in flashlights. I would like to see an app built for them which would be easy to set up different groupings of power, check battery status, turn on at timed intervals for security and so on.

Open the pod bay door Hal.

What happens when the machine fights back ?

I like motion activated lights a lot , but having the ability to turn it off makes sense. I guess you could just cover the sensor.

Thanks for offering a nice Christmas giveaway

great looking lights

Its a good idea but implementation is incredibly important
And customization, if it annoys the user by doing the wrong thing then its counter productive.

I have many lights with ridiculous UIs and adding smart features could make the problems worse. But if done properly it could make the light far superior.

I’m not sold on the idea of practicality, but agree there would be safety benefits of features that would shut off the torch in the confined space of a pocket or bag. Also agree it should be integrated with an option to override or disable the feature. Wouldn’t even consider it in a tactical venue.

I’m pretty sure light sensors and proximity sensors were in some phones before we had smartphones. Of course “smart” phones have had proximity sensors and light sensors for a long time. Those two little sensors alone are not why we call smartphones smart. Even if the sensors were able to distinguish between your hand and blowing snow or rain or heavy fog, there’s no way we could start calling flashlights “smart” anytime soon. “Slightly safer”, “slightly more useful under some very limited circumstances”, okay, and we can use those labels. As long as manufacturers continue to mostly use mostly cool white LEDs, I consider the flashlights pretty dumb. The flashlights on some current phones are using 4000k high cri LEDs. They don’t have a hotspot and they have a very wide viewing angle. Probably in excess of 130°. So some manufacturers clearly could learn a few things from studying smartphones.
When it is snowing or fairly heavy rain or foggy, that is the worst time to strap any light on your head so close to your eyeballs. But obviously sometimes you have to be hands-free. And you want the light to move with your head. Any advancements need to take size, weight, cost and other issues into consideration. Control with and over the sensors is paramount.

Smart headlight is good solution, but I like better when flashlight is controlled manually.
I would like programable flashlight with bluetooth, which can be setup with smartphone application.

Got smart headlamps that activate by hand but can be triggered by big fat moths in summer....I have now learnt to keep my mouth closed when out with a headlamp at night.

If you can't make a thought activated headlamp, I will settle for a voice activated one that can activate with just a whisper.

Thanks for the GAW !

No, I think the technology is annoying at best, push to hold for moon light on or off is all you really need

✓. Moth/insect sensor that automatically switches to green or red LED.

I bought a motion sensor headlamp for a friend; the only time he doesn’t like it is working in his woodshop - the sawdust activates/deactivates it (so it’s important to be able to bypass that sensor when desired).

I prefer manual control on flashlights. For now anyway.

No. I hardly rely on smart features unless it is perfect. A smart function that activates randomly or inaccurately is more of an annoyance than a convenience.

I think it would be near impossible to make smart features perfect unless you have enough sensors and computing power. Both of which is hard to implement in flashlights.

For me, a perfectly predictable tactile click is much more preferred than sketchy proximity sensors or touch buttons.

Olight has just disabled their proximity sensor with a firmware update because it caused problems. Will it work with rain? What is with dense forest? Working in dirty environments? A simple button is much more reliable.

There are a few use cases for motion sensors. For example in the medical and health environment where you don’t want to touch different objects to prevent contamination.

Smart flashlight?

Hmm… well we already have smart phones with a myriad of sensors as well as a great deal of processing power.

What about adding Bluetooth capability to a flashlight, enabling it to connect/pair with your smartphone. The smartphone can then control many functions via a downloaded FREE app.

Multiple flashlight could be controlled simultaneously for various uses.

Thanks for the GAW.