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MaceTech RGB LED Shades Kit

MaceTech RGB LED Shades Kit

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If you fit these with IR LEDs, will they help you evade video surveillance in China?
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In communist China, the law breaks you.
These needs to be a meme :D
How long does it take for the support team to reply back?? It said my macetech shades were delivered, but I only got the soldering kit I bought along with it??
Do I need a soldering kit with it if I want to add the audio sensor?
Aww missed these again! I'm hopeless really.
The deal is open again!
Far out
Hi guys, Are RGB LED Shade Glasses also programmable? Or just the LED Shades.
Both are Arduino compatible and fully programmable :)
I have mine, and it seems to be working well enough out of the box, but I can’t get it to appear as a serial port in the Arduino IDE (v 1.8.5) on OS X (v 10.10.5). I have followed all the instructions on the MaceTech product setup page, installed the FastLED library, the RGB Shades code, and the Silabs Drivers (even tried the FTDI drivers), but that didn’t make any difference. The device does appear in the list of USB devices connected in the OS X System Information window:

but not in the Arduino IDE:

Any idea what I might be doing wrong or what I can do to fix this?
FWIW: I reached out to MaceTech on this as well and it turns out that installing the previous version of Silabs' drivers (included in the download) worked! Super helpful support.
I recently got mine and was very excited to build it... Until I discovered that one of the LED's is defective. Plus I'm missing two hex nuts to secure the earpieces to the main shades. Shame. Contacted support and am currently waiting for a response.
Video of my unit:
Thanks for picking these up, and sorry to hear about the problems! Based on the video you posted, we're already in contact over email and working with you directly to repair/replace anything broken or missing. Our screws and nuts are bagged by our PCB supplier and I will bring it up to them for future production.
This looks like an interesting way to attract men. BTW, the matrix shades are not open source hardware. Only the RGB ones are.
Are there seriously that many people out there that want to look like a complete and total dork that cause these ridiculous glasses to keep showing up here every two or three weeks?
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I intend to wear this during eskate group rides. Since most group rides in NYC happen during the night, plus we like blasting music while bombing the streets of NYC, these are perfect.
Treat yourself
What modules can I attach to it to make it wifi/bluetooth enabled?
@macegr may have some ideas here...
We're working on some ideas, but in the meantime someone on Adafruit did a full conversion to bluetooth:
What is the experience like wearing them? Can you see normal? Could you wear these late at night and still be fully functional?
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Hi @wickett! (I helped make these things.) In low-light conditions, you can still see pretty well through the slats. There is not much reflection of light towards the wearer. The brightness can be easily adjusted to improve visibility, also.
Full brightness is way too bright for the people around you if it is very dark (i.e. at a bar in the evening). But that can be fun, too :p
Oh, and as far as just regular out-and-about wearing, I wouldn't say you can see "normal" (don't drive with them on), but I've walked around with them on for hours at a time and had no problem.
My biggest complaint: people can't see your eyes when you are speaking with them, and eye contact can be important for communication!
I would love to own one of this but I need a inner size of at least 15cm to fit my giant head. This is just way too small for me lol.
Sorry, it seems like they are about 3cm too small :(
Is there a way to code a text marquee into the RGB shades?
Yes. The messages.h file contains some messages, and there is a tutorial on the Macetech site with how to modify it.
I believe it comes with that code already loaded.
Awesome. Thanks for the reply! I'm stoked to get mine!
I want the Shades Audio Sensor to go with these.
Any chance of adding that option to the drop?
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But how do I pay for it, if it's not an option on the drop?
That's up to Massdrop :) I was just talking aloud through some of the process we'd need to implement first.
Are there any forums or tutorials on coding your own patterns?
It's basically Arduino programming, the shades use the Atmega328, the same chip.
Here is an extremely basic tutorial on making a simple pattern:
Otherwise, I would recommend learning general coding and comparing with the code available on github:
Having got my order for the RGB (Multi-colored) shades; here's my take.
They are easy to assemble... provided you get all the parts. Make sure the first thing you do is to take inventory of the parts. I was almost done with assembly before I realized I was missing 1 screw nut. There were no spare parts included even though the manual suggests there are.
The carrying case is a joke, it didn't even fit the shades at all. Don't count on it.
When assembled... they are freaking cool. They look great and fun. I haven't yet hooked them to a computer but I fully intend to. Will add more info as I have it.
Sorry for the late response here, and sorry to hear about the missing piece! We've seen that only once or twice over hundreds of shipments. If you contact us directly we'd be happy to either send you missing parts or exact specs for a local replacement. We've had no problems putting the shades in the case, one small hint is that the controller PCB should fold down first, and then the blank side should fold on top of that for a compact package.
Thanks for the belated reply @macegr
I did find a replacement nut, it wasn't too bad; just brought the screw into my local hardware shop and tried a bunch one until one fit. A little bigger than the original one but still works fine.
I figured out the same thing, the case that came with the shades wouldn't accept the shades at the longest part, it just is simply impossible. Maybe I got a crap case in my shipment? Either way, I had an old glasses case laying around that has a bit more structure so it protects them better anyway.
can you check my order?
Does the RGB version have an onboard battery? Dosent appear that way on the pictures.
You need your own battery pack to power these.
Are these easy enough to set up and program?
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See the response from /u/jdmounge who helped create this:
We have instructions for assembling and programming them here: They are pretty easy to assemble and do not require any fancy tools. They are also already programmed to work out of the box. To reprogram them, you have to go download an application, download a zip file of code, unzip it to the right place, select some things, plug the Shades in, and go. Adding text patterns (i.e. "MASSDROP RULES") is pretty straight forward. Adding your own patterns and crazy stuff requires an ability to modify existing or write new code. I do know a lot of non-technical people that have successfully added their own text patterns for different events :)
yes - these are amazing – I already had the predecessor! took me 10 mins to assemble and get them running
gonna throw my RayBans away and use these for driving into the sunset
I got 2 pair of these straight from their site and it's great! Used them at a few outdoor EDM festivals and they are extremely bright. Scripted in some new patterns and added the sound detection. If you don't want too much attention at the events, don't get them lol.
Wondering how these compare to the Chemion glasses, which seem to have an easy to use app for customizing the display of the LEDs, but runs on AAA batteries.
We haven't messed with the Chemion glasses, so take that into consideration.
App: Macetech's shades do not have an app. To add text or change patterns, you do have to download the Arduino IDE, open up and edit the sketch, and upload it to program the unit.
Battery: We use a standard USB battery pack that is attached with a light-weight/flexible USB cable to reduce the annoyance. One benefit is the Shades are much lighter without a batter on them, so they don't come off your head easily.
I hope this helps.
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Would love to but it won't make it in time for a friend's birthday party.
How do you see out of these?!?
They are like the classic "shutter shades". You can see at 80%-90% through the slits. I have skateboarded and played basketball with them on. Others have snowboarded. Not too shabby. But, of course, operate with these on at your own risk ;)
I wish i had seen this sooner, i bought these from his site last week, could have saved $40
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I take it Corsair bought a pair?
Yes they did and it was Glorious