DIY LED glasses to inspire programming

I met Daniel Hirschmann and Bethany Koby last year in Brussels. They run a electronics haberdashery and kit development company in London called Technology Will Save Us. They are great people. They have a cool new Kickstarter project called Bright Eyes.

Bright Eyes is DIY technology kit that encourages people to learn programming because it is so cool. It is a pair of glasses which have 174 LEDs (light emitting diodes) on them for you to program. These LEDs can play back graphics and videos off a micro SD card (video player), or be controlled using any microcontroller platform. Best of all, we’re making them Arduino compatible! So, if you want to add a microphone or an ambient light sensor to make them more responsive – you’ll be able to.

All of the code will be open source and freely available. We are working on easy to navigate and understandable tutorials for programming the glasses in various ways. You can create standalone graphics, animations, or generative visuals. By adding sensors, you can literally have the glasses respond to music, or if you're really keen, you can connect them to your twitter account and share your tweets!

We hope that this kit will inspire more people to learn how to program – and then begin making amazing things with technology.

The Bright Eyes Kit - DIY LED glasses to inspire programming



  1. I think I would like basically the exact same product, but just as a simple square or rectangle.

    I feel like the glasses form factor would be fun for about 15 mins, but I fully admit I am a boring person in general.

    But give me a small panel the same approx. dimensions as the glasses, you might need a few more LEDs to fill in the area where the nosed used to go, and I would probably buy one pretty quickly. I could do all sorts of fun things with that, including wear it on my front or back or hat if I wanted to.

    Go sell it/promote it to the Raspberry Pi people, we will buy anything :)

  2. I’ve also been working on the same idea, which we launched at Maker Faire Bay Area this May. Mark actually played with a prototype at Jeri Ellsworth’s hack dinner that Sunday. We brought them to Maker Faire NYC recently, got some jugglers to show off with their glowing ball prototypes:

      1.  They are a bit too miniaturized for an actual solder-yourself kit. However, they have an Arduino and small prototyping area for people to solder on their own additions. We meant to have these out by August, but ran into mechanical issues which have been worked out. So, perhaps the beginning of the year…

  3. Am I the only one wondering how well you actually see with those on?I know the lights aren’t shining in your eyes, but there has to be some glow going on….

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