ByTom Cox, writer at
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Tom Cox

Have you ever struggled to find friends in a crowd and found manic "Where r u???" texts aren't getting a response?

There's no better way to draw attention in the coolest way possible than by flashing your very own bat-signal onto a nearby building using your iPhone! It might be a bit embarrassing if Batman turned up though.

Mexican designer Dalpek (a.k.a. Jose Almeida) is giving away the model for those with a 3D printer. At the time of writing, the Thingiverse page has been viewed over 45,000 times and has had 8,686 downloads. The summary statement said:

I had this idea last week and couldn't get it out of my head. After many tries I decided to make it compatible with all mobile phones by not designing a phone-latch, instead It has a ring where you can comfortably hold the projector in font of your flash with two fingers.

The iPhone Bat Signal works by holding it in front of the phone flashlight and shining the light through its bat silhouette. It works like a mini version of the real thing, which makes your iPhone a small version of Batman's specially modified Klieg searchlight.

If, like most people, you don't own a $1,000 3D printer, you can purchase the Bat Signal on Etsy for approximately $6. The model takes 45 minutes to print, with a thickness of 0.25mm, and has dimensions of 5 x 5.7 cm. It also has holes for a keychain!

Examples Of Printed Signals

Source: Jazznic
Source: Jazznic
Source: Kamikaze67
Source: Kamikaze67
Source: Aatard
Source: Aatard

Brooklyn-based designer Angelo Tartanian has furthered Dalpek's idea by creating a customizable Signal. No, not one with your initials emblazoned in the center, but a signal where you can choose the shape. Unfortunately, it's still in the early stages but we're hoping someone else will catch on and create one for real.

Would you use a Bat Signal?

Source: Dalpek


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