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I made these quick and easy glasses for my Lady GaGa Halloween costume. They use 2 digital picture frame keychains on a slideshow setting to replicate the effect seen in her performances (here is a video of her glasses).

* You cannot see through the glasses, so I don't recommend walking around with them on.
* The individual keychains are not synced. I just practiced pressing the 'ON' buttons simultaneously.

DIY Lady GaGa Video Glasses from Angela M. Sheehan on Vimeo.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

* Sunglasses (that you don't mind destroying)

* 2 digital picture frame keychains -
They retail for around $20 but I found some on ebay for around $6 each. I used a 1.5" screen because it was a good size to attach to my glasses.
* Hot glue gun & glue

* Pliers (to remove the keychain from the picture frames)

* Paint (to cover the glue and blend the picture frames in with the glasses better)

* A computer (to download the images to the picture frames)

Step 2: Prep Glasses and Digital Picture Frames

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Pop out the lenses on your glasses. This will make it easier to attach your digital picture frames.

I had to crack the lenses with a hammer in order to remove them because they did not pop out easily. If you need to crack the lenses please be careful and wear gloves and safety glasses.

Use pliers to remove the keychain clasps from your digital picture frames. There is probably a metal ring that you can unbend where it attaches to the plastic.

Step 3: Load Images & Test

Before you do any gluing, load your images onto your digital picture frames and test them out. They should come with a manual to tell you how to do this. Also set the slideshow time to the fastest setting to make it more 'video'-like. These particular models only have options for 5 second, 10 second, or 30 seconds.

While you are at it, charge up the devices (mine came with a USB cord for loading/charging).

I had to find a Windows machine because the brand I had was not compatible with Macs.

I attached some images you can use. The animation in her video is just the words "Pop music will never be low brow".


Because the picture frames I used were thinner on one side, I installed one upside down so they would mirror each other (see picture). I had to upload the images for that frame upside down so they would display correctly. You can flip them in any image editing software before loading.

Step 4: Attach to Glasses

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Using a hot glue gun, attach the digital picture frames to your glasses. I worked my way around the frames a few times, layering up the glue to make a sturdy connection.

Be sure to leave room between the frames to plug them in if needed (as you can see from the pictures the USB connection is right across the bridge of the glasses, that's not a lot of space to work with).

If you want, use some paint to cover the hot glue and make the digital frames blend in with your glasses.

And that's it. Try them out and impress your friends!

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mylestybri3 years ago

sonicbro14 years ago
i just have 1 question. how do u charge the frames?
the_gella (author)  sonicbro14 years ago
You can use the usb cord to plug them in and charge them.
aleek14 years ago
Wouldn't be so cool if it could play music too like just as the slide show was playing lady gaga song played too or any song
i found some on ebay for 3.47 each
ninjaaa4 years ago
rgardin4 years ago
what font??
mrgryphon4 years ago
Amazing 'Ible!

One of my friends is planning a party with the theme "More GaGa than GaGa" - He dressed up in caution tape with a gal who made a fake meat dress and they went to the bars as "The Lord and Lady GaGa" last halloween. I guess that it was so much fun he wants to do it again and waiting for halloween be damned!

These glasses are defenitely making the list for my "Lord GaGa" costume!
Mumu5454 years ago
Can you change the images that display on the screens or not?
the_gella (author)  Mumu5454 years ago
yes, they come with a software that you load your own images into. then you can play a slideshow of them.
Awesome! I might just have to try this.
depotdevoid4 years ago
Thanks for the 'ible, I built a pair for my daughter's Gaga themed birthday party!

mrawsome4 years ago
pretty cool i made them my self i put mirrors at a 90 degree angle 1 one the side of the glasses and the others on my ears so i could see
courtdub4 years ago
The only thing is. You can't see anything. I guess that's still cool.
purgedsoul4 years ago
This is cool! My idea was to glue or attached two ipod nano 6th gen to a motorcycle visor. But thought that's a bit expensive.
AWESOME!!! Too bad you wont be able to see where you're going with them.. might as well make them goggles :]
-chase-4 years ago
Congrates on being listed in the "Best instructables of 2010" Instructables news letter!

(btw your first link to the video of her glasses is down)

Again congrates and Happy New Year!

I enjoyed your instructable - great costume!
Just need a seeing eye dog and you wouldn't have to take the glasses off - Come to think of it it would look kinda cool with a german shepard as your side kick to the costume... you wouldn't have to tell them if was a seeing eye dog! ;0)
the_gella (author)  -chase-4 years ago
Thanks for letting me know about the link - I just updated the link to a working video : )
FYI lady gagas name should be changed to GENTLEMAN gaga
i think sir gaga sounds better.
Lord Gaga :) i know it's months later, but i just had to say it...
icaro_25_sp4 years ago
you can see?
techsean4 years ago
madara0094 years ago
so uh, how are you supposed to see? lol
good job on the ible by the way
If you covered up the controls some how (maybe made them extra stylish wide?!) then you could use these: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32666 and actually have video!
CapraRoyale5 years ago
Great idea!
If you wanted, you could take the case off both of them and wire one button up to the power button on both so that one press would simultaneously turn them on.
Or, even better, rewire one of the screens onto the other, basically double the screen output, and just make the pictures brighter to make up for the lack of light due to both screens drawing power.
have you made any these doing your method?
HybridStorm5 years ago
I love love love dealextreme.
jackie924 years ago
is there any spefic type of picture frames i need to buy ???????
the_gella (author)  jackie924 years ago
Nope, just a digital picture frame that fits on the glasses you chose and has a slideshow setting.
techsean4 years ago
I love that design. Great work.
Screamo4 years ago
Good idea, but what does the WILL WILL thing mean?
the_gella (author)  Screamo4 years ago
The text is from a performance in which she had 'pop culture will never be low brow' scroll across the glasses.
resaxox4 years ago
Oh my god no way!
SO brilliant! :)
lapitta1125 years ago
the only problem im having is with the glasses
Reminds me of one of the Daft Punk guys. The one that isn't Guy Homem-Christano.
skitzx245 years ago
Hey were did you get the jacket that your wearing in your costume picture?
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