The new Cube is certainly looking pretty badass in its raw state. Imagine the attention this would get mounted on the camera (and that’s even before you start blasting people at 10 frames per second on full power).
“The latest production tooling sample parts have been arriving this week!
We have new mirror samples arriving tomorrow. Once these parts are available, we will kick off a new round of lens testing to make sure that the final design is performing to spec. Then, once we have this final production sample fully assembled, we will release some new video footage of the unit, as well as showing it in full operation in both flash and video light modes.”
Final casing, tooling sample
Final casing, tooling sample with sample lens elements installed
Final casing, tooling sample with sample lens elements installed. Rear membrane keypad shown in foreground.
The LED Light Cube is scheduled to ship in January 2014 (though I would personally consider that target as fluid still at this stage) to nearly 200 backers on Kickstarter, many of which purchased 4 and 8 Cube sets at over $300 per cube.
The Light Cube is an LED based light used for both video and flash photography. The significant advantage of using the LED for flash use is that it provides continuous instant recycle times at full power. And the on-board Lithium-Ion battery provides aprox 1000 full power pops.
The flash duration for the LED Light Cube is also completely controllable, and adjustable from motion freezing fast 1/8000th, to light painting long 30 seconds. So the Cube is not just a convenient dual purpose video and flash light, it also has some revolutionary advantages over regular Xenon flashes.
Instant recycle at full power, combined video and flash, and on-board Lithium-Ion power, alone are very desirable. So it will be very interesting to see how the final Light Cube does actually perform. Its certainly developed into an intriguing looking piece of gear now.