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Craft (popsicle) sticks are the bulk of this inexpensive and easy to make project. I spent $10 on this one, and for most, it could cost up to $20 (but then you'd be able to make several pairs). They remind me a little of Geordi LaForge from Star Trek TNG. I was not trying to copy that character, I just sat down and ended up with this idea.

These can be used with or without the LED lights I added. Without them they are a sort of futuristic eye covering. With the LEDs they are like robot eyes. Yes, I can see out of them! Have fun!

Warning! This video shows one possible application of LED Robot Glasses. It is not necessarily meant to be cool. It is cheesy and I know it. You've been warned.

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Step 1: Materials

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What you need:

Popsicle sticks
Machine thread screws #6-32 x 1.5" (#6-32 x 38, 1mm) and corresponding nuts
Spray paint
elastic hair band (rubber band would work too)

2 LEDs (mine were flat green, 3.0v each)
4 ft. of bell wire (low voltage wire)
1 - 4 AA battery pack with on/off switch
Glue for hot glue gun.
phone splice connector
wire wrap if desired, or solder them

Step 2: Drill Holes

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For this step, get a clamp (a good one) and do as the photos do.  The drill bit was 9/64".

Use a few more than you need for each side, to compensate for any that split and for the dent the clamp puts in the first one.

Do one side at a time, and then keep that lot in a separate pile from the others.  The reason for this is unless you can drill every last stick exactly the same, when you start assembling them they will bind up and won't slide onto the screws.  So since each group you drill will be slightly different than the next, keep them separate for easy assembly.
mentat50003 years ago
This is fantastic! Great for low budget or any budget for that matter. Best part about it is that it gives you some room to maneuver and change it to how you would like it.
LeeG3 years ago
Well you can do it this way, or if you just want to do this the once you can use fishing lights and clear tape. I did something like this 25 years ago (eek showing my age) along with a black cowelled robe and stuck them to round glasses which meant I could hardly see. Everyone was freaking out as in the dark all they thought they could see were glowing green eye sockets peering out from under the hood.
duggerpato (author)  LeeG3 years ago
I see what you mean. The sticks had a sort of shutter affect. It's like looking through slats or window blinds, and even with the lights just above, I could still see fairly well. If I had used a smaller angle LED it would have been even easier to see. The viewing angle on these was 180 degrees, which is why my face is green just below the glasses too.
KahlZun3 years ago
Am I the only person who saw that and instantly thought "Dead Space"...
duggerpato (author)  KahlZun3 years ago
So far, yes. :) Reminiscent of Splinter Cell, if I had a third light in the middle...
I like that these are also easily adjustable to fit a wide range of ages including kids. Being an Optician that's a dream come true when it comes to *glasses*. ;) Being low cost is awesome also! Great job!
colorex3 years ago
Enter it in the popsicle stick contest!
duggerpato (author)  colorex3 years ago
Ya lo hice! a las 11:52 de la manana. gracias por el apoyo, esta bienvenido ;)
Así veo...
duggerpato (author)  colorex3 years ago
I don't have accents on my keyboard, it makes it hard to talk right in spanish
colorex3 years ago