If you’ve been paying even a little bit of attention to popular music over the past couple of decades, then you’re surely aware of the electronic music duo Daft Punk. Of course, their success isn’t just a result of their music – a big part of it is also their iconic costumes and persona. What makes those costumes iconic is the robot helmets that the musicians wear. What initially began as a desire to hide their faces ended up becoming their most distinctive trait.
The helmets that the duo wears have changed over the years, but an homage helmet created by [Mike Michelena] puts them all to shame. It maintains the aesthetic elements of Daft Punk’s helmets, while improving on the tech aspects in every way. 210 RGB LEDs, a microprocessor, and 14 amp hours worth of battery give it complete customizability and 5 hours of use.
MIDI sequences can be programmed to control the lights, and can automatically be synced up with the beat of the music playing. It even creates its own WiFi hotspot, so that the user can control it with a smart phone. As you can see in the video below, the results are pretty spectacular. We’ve featured other Daft Punk helmet builds in the past, but this is the most professional and feature-filled one we’ve seen yet.