Ever wondered how you can look like you’re always en route to a rave? The only way to achieve that elusive look is with false eyelashes with LEDs built into them (duh). And if you thought LED eyelashes are a total pipe dream, you obviously haven’t come across f.lashes (pronounced “fuh-lashes” because they make you go “What the fuh is this”). The Arduino-based wearables have crossed their Kickstarter funding goal with more than three weeks left in the campaign, and even earned the crowdfunding site’s ‘Project We Love’ badge.
One reason for the Kickstarter success seems to be that f.lashes are not just luminous, but also interactive and diverse in their own way. There are five lighting patterns for users to choose from: Liquid Pour, Twilight Sparkle, Hyper Burst, Knight Riding, and Endless Winks. Each of those modes makes the LED lights behave differently. There are also a few color options, including red, yellow, green, blue, white and pink. While each pair of f.lashes can only exhibit one color among those, they all come preset with all of the lighting options. So if you’re done sporting red and want the green ones next, you’d have to buy another pair of the lashes.
The interactive aspect of the wearable comes out in the way it detects motion. The LEDs respond to movements such as dancing, jumping or even posing for selfies, apparently. Various effects are triggered based on what you do. Tilting your head one way makes the lights move in that direction, while jumping makes them brighter.
Flashy as they are, the interactive LED eyelashes are made up of a few simple electronic components. There’s a controller, which dictates the behavior of the LEDs using inputs from a motion sensor. There’s a 3V coin battery to power the setup, similar to what you’d see being used in a wrist watch. Then there are the LED eyelashes themselves, connected to the controller using thin wire.
Getting the LED eyelashes on seems to be a bit of a tedious process, but the makers claim it only takes a minute. First, you insert a battery in the slot on the controller and connect the lashes to it using wire. Then you clip the controller onto the back of your head, so the fake lashes can reach their spot over your eyes while still being connected to the controller. Finally, you stick the false lashes on using lash adhesive. Then you take them off before anyone finds out what just happened.
f.lashes has raised $74,000 on Kickstarter after setting a $40,000 goal. A $40 pledge lands you one controller and one pair of lashes, the color of which you will be able to pick once the campaign comes to a close on July 21. Deliveries are expected to start only by January 2018, so you’ll have to party less fabulously until that happens.
Feature image courtesy of Hackster’s Blog
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Lou Bermudez says
Pretty cool idea and I just visited the campaign, it looks like they have plenty of money to make this thing work. I feel like if I had these on my eyes that I would always feel like I have something in my eye.
Jesus Jackson says
It is too bad that you could not figure out how to make these cordless. I just do not see good things coming from having those little strings attached to my eyelids, you know?
James Stillwell says
I am not shocked at all. There are so many things out on the market that are like this. Essentially, you are going to spend the money to be the first to have these and then by the end of the month you are trying to find them and could care less about the money you spent.
Frank Padilla says
Out on the dance floor, these are the bomb. A little over the top if you ask me and I am not sure I’d want these accidentally ripped from my eye lids, but they look cool!
Robert Macaulay says
I am sure there is a raver scene somewhere that has ordered 100’s of these already. I wonder what it feels like when you get these things ripped from your eyelids in the middle of a party?
Thomas Leverette says
I am not surprised that this campaign has taken off like it did. what I am surprised about is that you will have wires hanging from your eyelids. Are the wires really necessary? It seems there might be wireless tech out there that would benefit this product.
Heather Ferguson says
Where in the world do you think these products will even be used? I am thinking if you are living in a rave like city on the west coast you might see these once or twice, but other than that I am not sure I would expect to see them anywhere else.