By Hanafi Kaka I Resident Geek
This smart, simple gadget is for those who have to bang copy at three in the morning, trying to turn simple words into complex sentences, and short paragraphs into sophisticated plots. ‘Transnighters’, like myself, who hate light as much as Rihanna loves weed – but we still have to work even in the dark.
Hold up, you know what, it’s for everyone actually. We all need this thing.
I wish it had a sexier name. Like The Midnight Oil, or The Night Girl or MxD 20.5 something something. But it doesn’t. So it is what it is – an LED portable lamp. Sounds like something a fisherman in Lake Victoria would use, right? But not really. It’s a simple stick with an LED light at the end. You connect it via USB to your laptop and bend it every which way until your caps lock key is lit enough so you won’t have to curse every time you hit A when you want to spell Rihanna with a capital R.
It’s not one of those gizmos that need a special compartment in your laptop bag or a special drawer for it. It fits everywhere. You could even perform magic tricks with it. Slip it up your sleeve and just go “taraaaaaan! Magic!” My point: it’s not a giant street light.
You can get a variety of colors, but please don’t go for pink. I beg of you, Alejandro. Please, not pink. It goes for only 800 bob at Gadget World, ground floor, Garden City, so you can afford every other color BUT pink.
There already are some automatically lighting keyboards, like most HP comps, but for the rest of us who have to balance torches between our lips like handymen while typing in the dark, we need this. YOU need this.
Now, just leaning a bit to the geeky side of things, for those who care about all the specs:
Voltage: DC 5V, 1.2 Watts and the physical dimensions: 170 x 18.5 x 9 mm.
So you don’t have to ever get caught squinting into your keyboard at night or pulling in the monitor to see the letters.
Post Script (or is it an addendum?): I had not been abducted by aliens. I was just waiting for Di’Caprio to win an Oscar before getting my geek on again.
we waited so long…
I say it again, your geek articles are for me…simple and easy to understand. More of such? Think about it 🙂
I second you Annie. Way to go Kaka.
We all read this and just didn’t comment. I also didn’t.A practical gadget for insomniacs.
Nyc read biko
Tabby, as a reader, you always begin by the title, author then content. Thank you. I’ll send my fee note for your kind settlement shortly.
You got a thing for Rihanna mate.
I need this .. How can I get one. I’m in Mombasa.
This is the exact witch for a wizard like me!
I’m getting it right noooow! 🙂
Never thought of this, will try it.
I like, i like, i like and i like!!
I got one for myself two months ago and i must say it is a good simple to use gadget. whenever power disappears at my place i connect it to my power bank and all good to go. It is definitely a must have.
Short and sexy!
i too bang at 3 in the morning
Lol! Corrupt minds in the building!!! *Pervert alert!*
hahahaha ‘pervert alart’ indeed!
Nope hunney. Rihanna’s queue ends on the other side. Please proceed to the end of the line.
I got my USB light stick from Jumia, and they seem to be cheaper; 600 bob. Here:
1. Black: 600 bob – http://goo.gl/ETXt5Q, 500 bob – http://goo.gl/CZFUw2
2. Pink (Hehe): http://goo.gl/T0Ef76
3. Blue: http://goo.gl/NvhRPC
Thanks for the lead.
Or simply buy a macbook with built in light up keyboard #vanityspeak
Ebu tell them
I missed u Hanafi!
But that would make the light-up keyboard useless (HP keyboards have this feature) unless you are hand writing on the side, or having a drink.
Welcome back Hanafi. I need this like yesterday.
The best thing to do is … learn how to type without looking at the keyboard.
I need to get me one of that. I wish I could type without looking at the computer, but I can’t and I am a night owl. I wake when others are asleep to peck away at the keyboard in search of words that I can fashion into line. Good one Biko!!
Not Biko, Hanafi Kaka the resident geek.
King di Caprio won an Oscar
9gag is crazy right now
‘Transnighters’…reminds me of my fourth year Kabare Girls transnighting with my feet a basin of cold water….Oh!The shivers and foot rot.
Which year at Kabare Girls?I can see tuko wengi..
Love it!… The article and the gadget 🙂
Missed u Hanafi but i have been reading prospect.co.ke
Hanafi Kaka has a thing for Rihanna and Biko Toni Braxton.
Transnighters who hate light as much as Rihanna loves weed lol, I see what you did there Hanafi
First comment ever yeeeiiiyyy!!!
If all tech people wrote in such simplicity i would know alot. thanks for making it intersting to read.
dicarprio won an Oscar. so………..
hehehe..I think he likes rihanna
I need this in my life being a nocturnal writer and all.
***pink you say huh! short,simple n sexy..hanafi u got a crash for Rihana or what!
I love how you help us (me) discover stuff. I am so getting this for those random thoughts that finally click at 1am. I enjoy the simplicity with which you write! Good stuff Hanaf!
This gadget goes for 200/= at the stalls on the other side of the town.
For those of us with old kindles, can we use this lamp?
Wow! A gadget for writers. Thank you Hanafi for remembering us. I now feel special. Hopefully, I will remember to buy this next time I’m in Nairobi.
Reason #9 why I use a MacBook Pro
you know !! #Hi5
Good one Hanaf.. I am so getting this one tomorrow..
I must get one this weekend.
Hahahaha, why not the pink one…
Beauty of the thing is that it works even when not on the comp so I can read my book in bed without lighting up the whole room
This is absolutely Beautiful. I got these Kind from http://bit.ly/1U9dXbP at an absolutely amazing price
ummmmm backlit keyboard? anyone?
Great review biko….nice gadget
I need to help guys have access to things like this easily hook me up with the guys dealing with this
Nice article, good info, believe most will love to try it out see how useful its
So someone gave me this *Thing * and showed me how to light it up. I didn’t know it was for my laptop, was wondering how i could use it to cook or go around the house looking for a candle then matchsticks , then dangle my laptop on my hand to light up the gas that will give life to my candle cause i did not get the matchsticks. I ended up buring the *Thing* at the back of the drawer in the kitchen that holds things i don’t know how to use but can’t trash it. And still had problems with typing when the light are out.
Thank You, i will have to excavate the *thing* today.
Very nice article, I think every freelancer should get this too because freelancers like working at night especially those who have clients from different parts of the world. Typing has now been made easier under the dark.