The evolution of a flashlight

When I was a kid we didn’t have iPhones. As a matter of fact we didn’t even have Internet. But we did have cool gadgets too. One of the coolest things for boys was a three-color flashlight. It was in a metal rectangular body with three sliders to select a color. It looked like this:


What could be better than this flashlight? Ok, those ballpens with girls that would undress when you turn the pen upside down were probably cooler than those flashlights. But could you imagine flashlights with advertisements? I have a pretty useful application on my iPhone. It’s called Flashlight and it is a flashlight.It emits pretty bright beam of light, which is pretty handy during the hurricane Sandy or if you need to find that ballpen with a naked girl in the middle of the night. This application was free. Being a software developer myself I understand that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to write such an application. But you do have to think out of the box to come up with this idea to turn the camera’s flash into a flashlight.

Today I noticed that my flashlight have changed. Now it not only emits the light, but shows an advertisement too.

photo (5)

I understand that software developers need to make money, but do the authors of this program believe that if I wake up in the middle of the night to pee, I’ll be walking to the bathroom reading about Daily Hot Deals? Well, the world is changing, and the flashlights are evolving too. Can’t stop it.


One thought on “The evolution of a flashlight

  1. I refuse to put banner ads in my mobile apps. As you pointed out I don’t believe they’re useful in most kinds of apps and just serve to annoy my customers. I do, however, believe that the day of seeing my Facebook friends post comments about a product or service (that they are secretly being paid for) is coming.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s