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f.lashes LED eyelashes turn your face into a rave party

f.lashes LED eyelashes turn yo...
f.lashes LED eyelashes look like the perfect accessory for a rave
f.lashes LED eyelashes look like the perfect accessory for a rave
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f.lashes LED eyelashes are currently available on Kickstarter from US$40
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f.lashes LED eyelashes are currently available on Kickstarter from US$40
f.lashes LED eyelashes come in seven different LED colors
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f.lashes LED eyelashes come in seven different LED colors
A single 3V battery powers the f.lashes LED eyelashes for four hours
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A single 3V battery powers the f.lashes LED eyelashes for four hours
The f.lashes LED eyelashes have several different lighting effects modes
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The f.lashes LED eyelashes have several different lighting effects modes
The flickering of the f.lashes LED eyelashes is directed by the motion controller that sits at the back of a wearer's head
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The flickering of the f.lashes LED eyelashes is directed by the motion controller that sits at the back of a wearer's head
f.lashes LED eyelashes look like the perfect accessory for a rave
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f.lashes LED eyelashes look like the perfect accessory for a rave
Be part of the in crowd with f.lashes LED eyelashes
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Be part of the in crowd with f.lashes LED eyelashes
The f.lashes LED eyelashes reportedly generate no heat
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The f.lashes LED eyelashes reportedly generate no heat
f.lashes LED eyelashes stick on using regular fake eyelash adhesive
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f.lashes LED eyelashes stick on using regular fake eyelash adhesive
f.lashes LED eyelashes are perfect for that late night, "freak out your friend" moment
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f.lashes LED eyelashes are perfect for that late night, "freak out your friend" moment
A thin wire connects the f.lashes LED eyelashes to the controller
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A thin wire connects the f.lashes LED eyelashes to the controller
f.lashes LED eyelashes look just the thing for Burning Man 2018
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f.lashes LED eyelashes look just the thing for Burning Man 2018
No red-eye reduction can battle this effect
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No red-eye reduction can battle this effect
The f.lashes LED eyelashes are reusable
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The f.lashes LED eyelashes are reusable
A thin wire connects the f.lashes LED eyelashes to the controller
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A thin wire connects the f.lashes LED eyelashes to the controller
Applying the f.lashes LED eyelashes
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Applying the f.lashes LED eyelashes
Applying the f.lashes LED eyelashes
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Applying the f.lashes LED eyelashes
The controller that powers and manages the f.lashes LED eyelashes
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The controller that powers and manages the f.lashes LED eyelashes
The controller is designed to sit at the back of a wearer's head
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The controller is designed to sit at the back of a wearer's head
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You might think mascara does a pretty good job of enhancing the eyelashes, but f.lashes really puts them in the spotlight. Essentially just a small LED strip that sits on your eyelid and is connected to a small motion-sensing controller located at the back of your head, f.lashes brings eyebrow enhancement into the 21st century.

After designer Tien Pham wore his f.lashes prototype at Maker Faire in San Mateo, California last May, the idea went viral and now his crowdfunding campaign has more than doubled its goal with over two weeks left to run.

The LED eyelashes can be applied using standard fake eyelash adhesive and are reusable. The initial prototype doesn't use RGB LEDs, as there are apparently none small enough to work with the current design, but you can get the lashes in seven different colors.

No red-eye reduction can battle this effect
No red-eye reduction can battle this effect

The lashes will run for four hours powered by a single coin battery and reportedly don't emit any noticeable heat, so your eyeballs will not slowly cook while you're wearing them. The motion-sensing controller has five different light effect modes, from random patterns to a Knight Rider-style side-to-side scrolling effect. Different motions of the head can activate different effects, meaning the LED lashes will respond to your jiggy dance moves.

At this stage the device does look like what you'd expect from an early prototype, but there are plans to refine them before for production. The fine wire connecting the lashes to the controller appears to be one area requiring some attention as it does look especially fragile.

The controller is designed to sit at the back of a wearer's head
The controller is designed to sit at the back of a wearer's head

Fashion forward ravers can pledge US$40 for one controller and one set of lashes, or $100 for one controller and seven sets of lashes. Current estimated delivery is January 2018, but as with any crowdfunding campaign, there are no guarantees. But backers will presumably be hoping they arrive before next year's Burning Man.

Take a look at the f.lashes video pitch below.

Source: Kickstarter

f.lashes - Fun, Interactive, LED Lashes!

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3 comments
ljaques
If the idea wasn't bad enough, they put out a video with music enough to keep the wolves awake. They'll probably sell millions of pairs. <sigh> I wonder how bad it is inside the eyelid...
CraigAllenCorson
I'm unimpressed. What is coming will make this look like something little girls might enjoy. In a few words: full-motion, infinitely programmable LED tattoos. Not more than five years off, mark my words.
chase
@ ljaques - too funny. Though i will agree, it's not the best video. You show case lighting effects this small using white video lights to light the subject. But.. that's what Miami calls club lighting. Pastel lights... with white walls. It's lame. FYI - They're not "in" the eyelid, they're "on" the eyelid. Back to the idea itself... I think it's cool. Couple for the eyes, one upper, one lower. Another set for the lips. Then patterns for the face... Then other types lighting will come along. But!!!... Then some idiot will spill something on their face or they'll sweat too much. It'll short out and weld itself to their eye, nose or lip piercing and sue the company that makes them. Then it's... lights out! Til then.. have some fun with the idea.