It seems like a gross oversight, on Apple’s part, that there’s no external indicator for notifications on the iPhone. This means that unless you happen to see a push notification come through, you have to unlock your handset to see if you have any missed calls or text messages.

Apple tried to remedy this issue with a new feature in iOS 5 called LED Flash for Alerts. It uses the iPhone’s camera flash to alert users that they have new notifications, but for a number of reasons, this solution is far from perfect. Enter the new FLASHr case by Phaze5…

FLASHr is a cleverly-designed case for your iPhone 4 or 4S that uses reflective aluminum plating to bounce light from the camera’s flash, using the aforementioned Flash Alerts feature, through its translucent frame.

As you can imagine, this creates quite the light show whenever you receive a push notification. And when you’re ready to take a picture, Photography Mode slides a small plastic cover out of the way to reveal the flash.

Phaze5 is currently trying to raise $75,000 via Kickstarter to order the components it will need for its first production run. Thus far, the project has received about $25,000 in funding with 25 days left to go.

The FLASHr’s design is impressively innovative, and we’re sure it would make for a cool case. We just wish Phaze5 would have held off for a little bit, as we’re expecting to see a new, larger iPhone in the coming weeks.

But if you’re interested, you can score your own FLASHr by pledging $35. There’s dozens of colors to choose from and Phaze5 hopes to start shipping the cases as early as October.

What do you think of FLASHr?

  • I don’t understand the point. I can either hear the phone, or, if it’s sitting on a surface face up, see the screen light up anyway.

    • Hawkeye2014

      Not to mention you can make the LED flash light up for notifications too.

  • soo tacky wow

  • Alec Vanek

    waist of money or is it waste?

    • tward09

      Google could’ve solved your problem more easily, but it’s waste.

  • for 1$ i will buy

  • Flashy way to show off your phone. Though I guess it’s a way to have a flashing Apple logo now, without having to take your phone apart

  • Try settings/general/accessibility LED Flash for Alerts

    • Falk M.

      IMHO way way too bright and intrusive!
      Almost got a heartattack when I tried it back then..

  • JerseyD

    I’d get it because it looks cool not for visual notifications.

    Are there any apps that make the flash strobe on your iPhone?

    • yea, try itorch4 and in the app you can change settings for strobe.

  • i dont think they will get the money…

  • good case

  • tward09

    Soooo that means you can’t use your LED as a flashlight, right? Because I use it for that way more than I use it for my pictures.

    • no u can turn a switch to let your LED light in the case or use it as a flashlight for photos

  • Sorry to say… Im alread DOING THIS…. All Uu need is a clear case or a color clear case, and BAM…. :0( sorry

  • I’d love to support and get a case but with the new iphone coming out soon… I’m not sure I want to invest $35 for a phone I’ll probably just use as an iPod… that is of course the design is unchanged, which I know is not the case.

  • so is it out yet? i live in NOLA too and i would really want one because i use the flash for my alerts but i dont like how it just flashes out my pocket or in my eyes when in the car. the case is perfect for me! i would buy it in purple green and red and maybe pink if u have this color