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NeoPixel Goggles for Santa Skate #WearableWednesday

We’ve posted about Adafruit customer David’s awesomely blinged out NeoPixel Goggles before – he also made the above Auer Goggles using a Gemma and some Neopixels rings for Santa Skate 2014! He wrote in to tell us more:

Thought you might be interested in seeing a pair of ultra bling welding goggles I put together.

There’s a ‘santa skate’ event every christmas in London and last year I thought it would be good to accessorise our santa suits with neopixel goggles.

‘u-boat’ goggles for myself, but special bling-ed up welding goggles featuring several hundred individually glued swarovsky crystals for my wife.

One pair use a Flora board, the other a Gemma. Both use adafruit neopixel rings and are powered via the tiny adafruit Lipo. A couple of disks of frosted plastic are used to diffuse the lights.

Check out the bling goggles here and the ‘u-boat’ goggles here. Below is a video of Santa Skate 2014.


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