These are now production versions! In the past, by popular demand we sold hand-assembled beta units as we refined the design. We're currently stocking professionally assembled PCBs as the analog performance has greatly improved.
Please note: these do not fit the Early Access (green) shades from the 2014 Kickstarter as they have a different pin pitch.
We've updated the design to have a gain switch for high and low sensitivity. This helps a lot in loud places with 100dBA or higher sounds! There is also no solder jumper to select between RGB Shades and LED Shades...there is simply an extra pin that connects to the LED Shades. We've also added better power filtering for the best performance yet!
If you are currently using the thin (2mm) USB cable provided with RGB Shades until January 12, 2016, we HIGHLY SUGGEST that you check the box above to add on our new 24AWG power-only USB cable...it will greatly reduce LED interference when using with the RGB Shades. We are providing it at a discounted price when purchased with the Shades Audio Sensor. It can also be purchased separately here (without a discount): 24AWG Thin (2.5mm) Power-only USB Cable
Do you have LED Matrix Shades or RGB Shades? Is wearing a bright LED pixel array with scrolling text and animations just too ordinary? With the Shades Audio Sensor, you can make your LED eyewear dance to whatever music or sounds are nearby! Check out this demo video:
The Shades Audio Sensor is a small circuit board that can be soldered to either the LED Matrix Shades or the RGB Shades (configured with a solder jumper on the back). It listens to sound through a microphone, analyzes the frequency content, and sends corresponding voltage levels to the RGB Shades or LED Matrix Shades microcontroller. With the right code (which we provide), your Shades will react to music with amazing and eye-catching patterns.
Documentation can be found here: Shades Audio Sensor
If you're familiar with code (and especially if you're familiar with LED Matrix Shades or RGB Shades code), you'll be able to make your own LED patterns react to the music in endless ways.
While this product is designed to fit the RGB Shades and LED Matrix Shades, it's simply a microphone with preamplification and an MSGEQ7 chip. You can plug this into a breadboard, or solder it to an Arduino or other microcontroller to make your projects respond to sound.
This product is actively being developed! You can follow along here: http://macetech.com/blog/node/139