There are countries and there is the Africa continent. LED eyelashes and Nigeria have not starting producing pencils locally for Nationwide supply. Sometimes you see a product and you’re like “Wow, that’s so futuristic.” Then you remember you’re living in 2017, and your in a country where your President is missing!
They’re called f.lashes, and they’re the creation of designer Tien Pham, who first showed them off at Maker Faire earlier this year. Encouraged by the reaction he received, Pham has now launched a Kickstarter to make his wearable electronics into a commercial product, and has already attracted more than double his $40,000 target.
F.lashes are tiny strips of LEDs that you stick to your eyelids with lash adhesive. There’s an annoying, bulky controller and a connecting wire you have to hide somewhere (best bet: in your hair), but once that’s in place, the effect is amazing. The f.lashes come in seven different colors, and light up in various patterns in response to your movements.
It’s a neat product, but is it ready for the mainstream? Expect to see it at clubs and festivals first, places where taking a little more time to get dressed up is par for the course. Then, when future iterations drop the wire, we hope they’ll go mainstream. Then, in another 20 years time, they’ll be retro.