Introduction: "BluShades" - $0.99 Bluetooth Sunglasses

Use a $0.99 pencil grip to turn your Bluetooth headset and sunglasses into "BluShades", Bluetooth sunglasses that work better than commercial units selling for $hundreds more!

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Steve Potman (author)2010-11-12

Cool. That is a really nice design. Thanks for posting. I really think you have a great product but just need a little business guidance. If you increase the price, and advertise the product as being discounted, the consumer will feel that they are getting a deal and still want to buy your product.

On a different note, The heat shrink idea might work and it definitely would be for a more permanent solution. I get my heat exchangers and all of my heat shrink tubing needs at Fluorotherm. They provide a good product at good pricing. That could help out. Thanks again for the post and good luck!

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usamerican (author)Steve Potman2010-11-14

Thanks for the helpful comments Steve!

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netboss (author)2008-08-22

You stole this Instructable. I've seen it before. This is the capstone project for the Ole Miss Electrical Engineering major...

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usamerican (author)netboss2008-08-23

Actually, other way around. I've done this same thing with MP3 earhook headphones and selling them on Ebay for years under the name "iShades". I also have a patent pending, and have a prior patent in this area. I am curious about the capstone project you're referring to. Do you have more info or a weblink to it?

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usamerican (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-07

Yes. The ones I'm selling on ebay have specially made tubes, that are a better fit than the pencil grip ones.

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Sandisk1duo (author)usamerican2009-04-07

so, you're making ~$4 from each one you sell

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usamerican (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-07

Actually, I'm losing money (between the cost of the bluetooth headset and the sunglasses that are included). But that's the price to pay when you're launching a new product.

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kedwa30 (author)usamerican2010-09-03

Consider the value of your time as well. If you want to hand craft and sell proto-types then you should put them for sale on Etsy for a huge amount of money. You are a great inventor, but your business model needs work. Don't let the comments about the look of your product discourage you. I'm no fashionista but I do know that sometimes gaudy things can become trendy in the fashion world. If you can't hide it, then punk it!

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Sandisk1duo (author)usamerican2009-04-08

that's why you raise the price!

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netboss (author)usamerican2009-04-08

Clever project... but I was trying to irritate my Ole Miss grad friend since there is actually no electrical engineering involved in this project (or at Ole Miss).

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uberchoob (author)2010-08-06

I love simple ideas that take care of potentially complicated problems. Perhaps they would be more fashionably acceptable if you used a glossy black heatshrink tube instead of pencil grips?? would still be removable, would fit tighter, and would also appear as though they were originally manufactured that way (maybe?)

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usamerican (author)uberchoob2010-08-07

Good idea! Heat shrinking would be a bit more permanent (removable by cutting the heat shrink), but, like you said, fit tighter and look slicker. You should do your own instructable! :-)

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eliteonline (author)2009-09-11

Cool

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Spywell (author)2008-11-18

Better than Oakley? IMPOSSIBLE, Cheap and practical SURE, Would wear these out in public? NEVER. I would rather spend money on Oakleys then be caught dead in these.

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ferny121 (author)Spywell2009-06-29

i agree..these are embarassing.there is no way anyones gonna do this unless they wanna make themselves look dumb. bad instructable.. -.-

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monterto (author)2009-01-04

Oakley glasses are expensive because the lenses are optically correct. This makes them more costly to produce. But you're also paying for the name. I actually don't doubt that this would work better than the Oakley sunglasses because the functionality comes from the bluetooth earpiece only.

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mspark400 (author)2008-08-23

clever! good job cheers, mspark400

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heavy.metal.nguyen (author)2008-05-29

Do you think this could also be done with heat shrink tubing, or would that do something to the electronics?

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Heat shrink would work for a more permanent solution, as long as you keep the heat away from the main body. For Jabra headsets, and a lot of others, that is pretty easy, because the earhook is removable.

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Thank you.

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cms1981 (author)2008-03-06

cool ..... simple as ! thanks

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