Fogo Smart Flashlight

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Navigate, communicate and light your way. Just a few of the many things the Fogo Smart Flashlight can do. As the ultimate adventure gadget, Fogo offers some powerful smart features that you wouldn’t expect in such a compact design. Experts already call it the Swiss Army knife of flashlights. After coming across Fogo at CES 2015 we decided to take a closer look at this versatile surprise.

The team at Fogo call this device a combination of a rugged and waterproof flashlight, a GPS receiver and a walkie-talkie, but that description only covers three of its many capabilities. With its 1,000-lumen LED bulb it may look like your average flashlight, but in fact Fogo offers much more than just a blend of three existing products.

This nine-ounce device houses a GPS unit, Bluetooth connectivity, voice and text messaging, a USB backup battery function and a powerful bright LED flashlight. The GPS navigation and Maps app will allow you to view simple maps and help you to navigate from waypoint to waypoint, while the flashlight will blink to keep you on course. It’s low- and high beam feature will automatically adjust the light based on whether you are looking at the ground or into the distance.

Fogo’s Activity app not only tracks your hike, run or ride by using the built-in GPS, but also shows real-time metrics of your adventures, such as distance, speed and your travel time. Fogo can also adjust the light’s brightness based on your speed. In case of an emergency Fogo’s Morse Code app will let you automatically send morse code signals and act as an emergency beacon.

The walkie-talkie aspect of Fogo isn’t anything like your old-school two-way radio. Instead of leaving a radio channel switched open constantly, it transmits your voice messages to other Fogo users as needed. You can also send text-based messages with for instance your GPS location to your friend’s device. Its battery will last a week, plus you can use commercially available batteries that can be changed in the field.

The Fogo Smart Flashlight is like the iPhone but aimed at the outdoor enthusiasts. Durable, waterproof and with a powerful app-based OS, Fogo is the all-in-one solution for navigating, communicating, finding your way in the outdoors and staying safe while searching for a trail or landmark. The all-new Fogo is available in limited quantities and your Fogo pre-order will be shipped soon. Orders placed now will ship in March. We can’t wait to test Fogo thoroughly and see it in action.

Pros
  • Not your ordinary consumer flashlight.
  • Packed with features and capabilities.
  • Sleek durable and waterproof design.
  • Minimises the stuff you carry with you.
Cons
  • Pre-order, but shipment will be in March.
  • ‘Smart caps’ planned but not ready yet.
Size and DimensionsWeight: 9 oz (without batteries)
Size: 1.78 inch by 5.56 inch
Exterior material6061 Aluminum body, End Cap and Bezel
LED LensAcrylic Protector
ReflectorWide Beam or Narrow Beam
WaterproofingIPX7
Battery2 x 18650 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable
Connectivity & MemoryBluetooth and 128MB Flash Memory
Designed byFogo Digital

Specifications

Size and DimensionsWeight: 9 oz (without batteries)
Size: 1.78 inch by 5.56 inch
Exterior material6061 Aluminum body, End Cap and Bezel
LED LensAcrylic Protector
ReflectorWide Beam or Narrow Beam
WaterproofingIPX7
Battery2 x 18650 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable
Connectivity & MemoryBluetooth and 128MB Flash Memory
Designed byFogo Digital