Rave Shades

Unlike other led glasses, this kit uses larger 3 mm LEDs which offers a superior visual effect when animations are played. Not only that, our kit has a wopping 24 x 8 led matrix to provide more detailed text and animations. There are 160 individually addressable LEDs that work together to display scrolling text, custom animations and much more. Rave Shades are a kit that requires self-assembly with tools used for basic electronics, like a soldering iron, wire cutters, and a glue gun.

Ever since my EL-EE-DEE glasses got featured on the instructables homepage, I have gotten many requests to build them on commission. The original glasses took an age to make, so I decided to design a kit for people so assemble themselves. This kit only takes a couple of hours to complete provided you have previous soldering experience. After trying out a couple of prototypes I was happy with the design and began the write up on instructables, the link to which can be found by clicking the big green button at the end of this post. At the time of being featured on the instructables homepage, I released the Kickstarter campaign.

Out of respect for an existing company called rave shades, I changed the name of this product to Ravez Shades, this has since led to some confusion.

Out of respect for an existing company called rave shades, I changed the name of this product to Ravez Shades, this has since led to some confusion.

 

 

Sample animation.

Sample animation.

 

Video

 

How to build!

EL-EE-DEE Glasses

I came up with this idea after seeing similar videos on the internet. I however have improved on the design. What separates my glasses from the others out there, is that mine use an external matrix driver and battery. What this means is, for the cost of having a cable down your back when wearing the device, you get a greatly improved battery life. This also allows the device to use ultra-bright 1210 LED’s. Not only that, a full sized arduino can be used if you have one. This project uses cheap and easy to gain parts to allow you to create a one of a kind fancy dress party piece. These glasses do not obstruct your vision any more than the original shutter shades. Even with the glasses on turned on, no glare from the LEDs can be seen.

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This caption can only say one thing. SWAG !

 

EL-EE-DEE (LED) Glasses

EL-EE-DEE (LED) Glasses

 

A pin was used to mark the position of the LEDs

A pin was used to mark the position of the LEDs

 

The pin left very discrete fiducial markings.

The pin left very discrete fiducial markings.

 

Vertical connections were made by meandering wires.

Vertical connections were made by meandering wires.

 

How to build!