updated 04:05 pm EST, Wed December 24, 2008
Snapture Labs has recently introduced its prototype SnaptureFlash hardware add-on for the original iPhone, letting the popular cell phone light up a dark scene for capturing photos. Snapture has traditionally offered software for the iPhone designed to enhance the device's photo-capturing capabilities and the SnaptureFlash is the company's first foray into manufacturing hardware. The piece doubles as a case, and includes an LED light in addition to the Xenon flash bulb to light up video scenes – a feat made capable by Snapture software.
The SnaptureFlash device only works with a jailbroken iPhone as it requires that the phone sends a trigger signal. The device runs off the iPhone's battery. Currently undergoing the patent process, the SnaptureFlash is still far from production, as the company is looking for a manufacturing partner for the device. As such, no pricing or release information is yet known. [via Wired]