Programmable LED shades from macetech.

Open source programmable LED shades from macetech.

Garrett Mace of macetech LLC creates awesome LED projects, including the ultra-cool LED Shades. His original design, which he created back in 2012, has now been made available under an OSHW-compatible license. Garrett provides the Eagle CAD files, schematics, board pictures and example Arduino code on his blog, where he also shares other projects and updates.

Garrett now has a newer version of the LED Matrix Shades for sale on the macetech web store. The new design is much improved, with hinged folding legs, better resolution, increased reliability and a more elegantly incorporated battery.

New and improved LED Matrix Shades come with a choice of blue, green, red, or white LEDs.

New and improved LED Matrix Shades come with a choice of blue, green, red, or white LEDs.

However, the older open source version still has its charms. The simple two-layer board and shift register control is much easier to build in a home electronics lab. It’s perfect for the maker on a budget.

Whether you’d rather pay for cutting edge tech-chic, or fire up your soldering iron and print your own boards, these glasses look like a lot of fun.


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