We need gadgets for different purposes, including venturing out into the dark, and this month, there’s a new gadget aimed at making that easier, too.
Most consumer gadgets that get a run on this site aren’t just new for the sake of being new. Rather, they have something going for them to grab attention. It’s not just a new hat on a Malibu Stacey doll. Usually, anyway (unless it’s a special edition console, though we’re usually quick to point out the same-sameness there).
Some gadgets that you might not imagine to change are changing in the background, though, giving you that little bit more use as the world changes with it.
Would you believe that’s happening in the world of the torch?
We’ve seen some very high powered torches over time, and some that may play nicely with cameras for animating in light painting, but the Knog Bandicoot Headlamp has grabbed attention for a different reason: it offers a degree of programmability.
Outside of the ability to be programmed, Knog is talking up a slightly different type of torch here, with the Bandicoot headlamp including four sets of LEDs to light up the world, including a bright high beam light, downlights for reading while having an LED strapped to your head, elliptical beams to create a broader ambient light, and a red light to light up darker environments without blinding you.
LEDs are fairly light, so that’s helped Knog keep the weight down, creating a silicone band that is tangle-proof and weighs 60 grams. Developed for folks venturing into the outside, it’s built for people to go running, camping, and hiking with.
If the lights aren’t programmed to your liking, there’s support for an app on your computer to program the Knog Bandicoot using the ModeMaker software for laptops and desktops. You’ll need to plug the Bandicoot in using USB, though given the Bandicoot headlamp is rechargeable over USB, doing so will also likely recharge the battery, too.
As for where and when you can find the Knog Bandicoot, it’ll carry a recommended retail price of $59.95 at Escape2 stores from mid-August.