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The baglite

Micro torch to be placed inside a handbag
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The baglite is a micro-sized torch that clips inside a handbag. For some reason bag linings are often black making it impossible to see what's going on inside the bag. How many times have you rummaged inside your bag to find keys/money for the cab fare, etc. and not been able to find anything because it's pitch dark? The baglite is a simple solution to an age-old problem. To address the issue of not being able to find the on/off switch, some kind of movement sensor would be required to switch the torch on & off so that when you place your hand in the bag, the light comes on.
Lynnihum, Mar 23 2002

neat little line of men's handbags for bob('syerfuture) http://sobkovskiline.com/eng/handbags/
come to think of it they should be mandatory. [po, Mar 24 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

IT'S BAKED! http://www.smartlyt...olyte_PR_112801.pdf
Jeez, it took me ages to find it but there it is. [DrCurry, Jul 16 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Acolyte,the manufacturers http://www.smartlyte.com/products.html
For those of you who don't shop at Bendel's.
"internal modular illumination for personal effects containers" - I guess that means you could also put them in your breast pockets and/or bra cups, taking po's thread to its illogical conclusion. [DrCurry, Jul 16 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Luminex http://www.luminex.it/#
Where the bag *is* light. [phoenix, Oct 17 2004]

Deja vu http://www.ananova....?menu=news.quirkies
Days after I read this idea, I find it on Ananova [madradish, Oct 17 2004]

Bree Handbag Lights http://www.bree.de/erleuchtung_e.htm
Using electroluminescence (which has the advantage of being a cold light). Also being used to illuminate car interiors and clothing. [DrCurry, Oct 17 2004]

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       ...so new in fact that I accidentally just deleted Po's comment! What was your version of the baglite like, Po?
Lynnihum, Mar 23 2002
  

       Jutta, sorry I am so slow today, no I couldn't find the link, it was an idea for a light in a cupboard??? it was only a throwaway line really that it is very frustrating trying to find a solitary key at the bottom of the black hole that I call my handbag. I didn't really think the idea was sufficiently creative to do justice to the halfbakery. Welcome to the halfbakery Lynni and don't dare delete me ever again eh!
po, Mar 23 2002
  

       Perhaps a small array of 10-12 white LEDs sewn into the bag lining at regular intervals would do better. You might get a nice, distributed light inside the bag. When you open the bag, the lights go on. LEDs are easy on batteries, too, and run cool.
bristolz, Mar 23 2002
  

       ...they would be no good if you were drunk. The lite has to be integral to the bag otherwise there would be too much fumbling around...
Lynnihum, Mar 23 2002
  

       With reversible directions for that desirable tractor beam effect. And colo(u)r ranges of bulbs as well. I'd like to see a phosphorescent green or blacklight next time AfroAssault and I are out snatching purses. Croissant for the idea itself.
thumbwax, Mar 23 2002
  

       It doesn't need a motion sensor or an explicit switch; opening the bag is already a big, physical change (for most bags, anyway) that should automatically switch it on. (Perhaps by bending something, or even better by closing a contact.)   

       This invention will create a series of amusing accidents where people tried to use their baglite as a flashlight and turned their bag upside down to point the light at the ground.
jutta, Mar 24 2002
  

       my mind is wandering down the anti-mugger road. traditionally handbags have contained a half-brick or similar so that a good swing will lay out a potential robber. But a really really strong light in his face will momentarily blind him so that you can get the mace spray out and finish the job. perhaps a flamethrower - oh Iam beginning to enjoy this. a late croissant Lynni. (apologies to thumb, sorry missed your anno. stop leading Afro into naughty ways BTW)
po, Mar 24 2002
  

       i thought of this idea a couple weeks ago when i reached a breking point while trying to locate my lighter amongst my purse. aka pit of hell. this NEEDS to be done. the light itself could turn on when you open the bag no problem. i cannot begin to understand how women and now men have been carrying on for so long without it.....
treelee, Jul 15 2002
  

       funny really when you cannot find your *lighter* in the dark. give up smoking!
po, Jul 15 2002
  

       Without wanting to sound sexist, <Straps on kevlar, crouches behind sandbags>, we can't help thinking that things would be a lot simpler if women could be weaned off their dependance on handbags, and instead persuaded to wear clothes that contained a useful number of capacious pockets like those found in typical male garments. We know that in some countries men carry handbags, but we've never found the need for one. We can carry almost all of the stuff we need to function either in my pockets or clipped to our belt.   

       We have on many occasions asked wome why they buy clothes with no pockets. They reply that women's clothes are made without pockets. Why is this so ? We would like to meet with the people who design women's clothes, and explain this important issue to them, slowly, calmly, and clearly, without raising our voice, and possibly with the assistance of a chair leg with a nail through it.   

       It can't be cost; often, the garments are made with pockets, but they are so small as to be non-functional. It can hardly cost a great deal more to make a pocket that actually holds something, rather than a vestigial one. We would think that the majority of the cost lies in the maufacture of the pocket aperture in the garment, and the dimensions of the pocket itself have little bearing on the cost.   

       We are baffled.
8th of 7, Jul 16 2002
  

       you like your women to have little bulgy bits in all the wrong places, 8th? au contraire, I cannot cope without at least one pocket to put my keys. during my schooldays, I kept a huge arsenal of belongings in my blazer breast pocket - the other girls thought I was developing in a most unusual way.
po, Jul 16 2002
  

       We are capable of understanding that the bulgy bits on the clothes are (hopefully) not necessarily representative of the form underneath. As an engineer, we try to see structure rather than exteriors. We are therefore capable of disregarding the outer covering, in fact we don't think we particularly notice it as it is not a part of the person. It may surprise you that this is not in any sense an erotic process as described by "mentally undressing" etc. We simply wish as far as practicable see things as they are, rather than as others would wish us to see them.
8th of 7, Jul 16 2002
  

       (See links. Just remember, if it's a really good idea, someone's bound to have done it somewhere.)
DrCurry, Jul 16 2002
  

       Carrying lots of stuff in your pockets is bad for your clothes (causing holes and irregular wear), and can cause pain or awkwardness when you sit down or someone sits on you. Carrying a bag is a far more logical solution; however, there's no need for it to be a conventional handbag: many men avoid this problem by carrying a shoulder bag, rucksack, despatch bag, etc.   

       But I must say I like 8th of 7's justification for imagining women naked. Even though, as an engineer he should appreciate the construction of clothes.
pottedstu, Jul 16 2002
  

       //LEDs are easy on batteries, too, and run cool.//   

       An oil lamp with a natural gas pilot light would be more entertaining.
FloridaManatee, Jun 06 2003
  

       Well, would you Adam & Eve it...   

       http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-838601,00.html
Lynnihum, Oct 02 2003
  

       Sounds like a good idea, but that movement sensor part wouldn't work, of course. When the bag is being carried everything inside it will be thrown back and forth wich means the torch would be allways on.
PauloSargaco, Oct 03 2003
  

       I've seen one. I can't open the link above for some reason, so I don't know if they're the same as this. The one I saw was a flat panel inside the bag about 12" by 8" and lit up by chemical reaction. All you do is press a certain section of the panel and it begins to glow, something like those greeny-yellow snap torches. There seem to be a lot of links to products which *do* light up the inside of handbags even if not in the same way as this one so, Baked. [marked–for–deletion].
squeak, Dec 17 2003
  

       harsh squeal, (I mean squeak). Lynnihum's nice idea predates the new baked version by nearly 2 years.   

       it does not warrant an mfd in my opinion...
po, Jan 29 2004
  
      
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