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Designer creates LED eyelashes that look like something out of Blade Runner

New colour-changing LED eyelashes could have women ditching their mascara and adopting an extra battery instead. 

Industrial Designer Tien Pham presented ‘F.Lashes’ this past May at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.

The LED eyelashes come in seven colours and can be applied easily only using normal eyelash glue. The illuminating adornments, which are reusable and waterproof, change hues and shift flashing patterns depending on how the wearer tilts their head or moves their body.

Here’s a video of it in action. It’s really fabulous.

How exactly does it work? The eyelashes are equipped with a 3.3-volt watch battery (which lasts up to four hours) and a tiny Arduino chip controller. The latter attaches to the back of the head with hair clips, while almost unnoticeable, translucent wires link each eyelash to the battery/chip unit. At the touch of a button, the LEDs will go into different modes: blink, dance, or sparkle.

According to Pham, the LEDs hold up pretty well when exposed to sweat and the heat they emit is negligible. And if you’re wondering if having a rad lightshow in your eyes can be dangerous, fear not.

The developers state on their Facebook page, “They do not emit any heat and there is no danger of shock at all – it’s a 3.3 V watch battery, so it’s very safe.

“In fact, I often can’t tell I have them turned on. I have to cup my hand over my eye to see the light. You might see a bit of light when you’re in a dark room, but it’s not much.”

The team behind ‘F.Lashes‘ will launch a Kickstarter campaign this July in hopes of collecting enough funds to put this wearable piece of tech into production.