Super Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses

The Joo Janta 200 super-chromatic peril-sensitive sunglasses were developed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger. By following the principle of, ‘what you don’t know can’t hurt you,’ these glasses turn completely opaque at the first sign of danger. In turn, this prevents you from seeing anything that might alarm you.

Here we see the beginnings of the Joo Janta hardware empire. For his Hackaday Prize entry, [matt] has created Nope Glasses. Is that meeting running long? Is your parole officer in your face again? Just Nope right out of that with a wave of the hand.

The Nope Glasses are two LCD shutters mounted in a pair of 3D printed glasses. On the bridge of the glasses is an APDS 9960 gesture sensor that tracks a hand waving in front of the glasses. Waving your hand down in front of the glasses darkens the shutters, and waving up makes them clear again. Waving left flashes between clear and dark, and waving right alternates each shutter.

In all seriousness, there is one very interesting thing about this project: how [matt] is attaching these LCD shutters to his glasses. This was done simply by taking a picture of the front and top of his glasses, converting those to 1-bit BMPs, and importing that into OpenSCAD. This gave him a pretty good idea of the shape of his glasses, allowing him to create an ‘attachment’ for his glasses. It’s great work, and we’d really like to see more of this technique.

25 thoughts on “Super Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses

  1. Now all he needs is headphones that shout “Look ponies!” whenever a neural network detects a trigger word, then he can have his own little virtual “safe place” wherever he goes.

  2. I’ll be the one to go there, sorry!
    I’d like to control this from an OpenCV running system attached to a camera on my glasses that blinks off anytime a Twit is detected from a certain celebrity and/or politician.
    I think there is a market there!
    Flames below please…….

  3. It should include a automatic Thorazine injector that injects a nice strong dose of it into the patient the moment his vitals show a excess of excitement or fear. Turns the fella into a zombie for a couple of hours until the excitement passes. And by all accounts,bystanders will just assume it’s a hobo sleeping off a bad drunk.

  4. Am I the only one who would freak out more knowing that there’s something terrifying just out of my view but potentially within touching distance? They seem like monster in the dark glasses to me.

  5. I still have my pair from the Apple ][ Infocom game, along with the Don’t Panic button and the microscopic space fleet. (at least I think they’re still in there!) I THINK I still even have the game somewhere, although i don’t know if my Apple ][+ still runs; it’ in a closet I’d have to mount a major excavation to reach…

  6. I wonder if you can make a LCD blocker that’s fast enough for the so-called flashbangs.
    I mean they make them for welder masks and there you don’t want to have constantly a jolt of UV either so I assume they are pretty fast.

    1. I have read that those masks are not perfect, in that a welder may still experience sore eyes at the end of the day.
      When I bought my auto darkening helmet, I checked the specifications and decided to pay more for a Hobart (which had a faster response time) instead of a cheaper one.
      I also decided to buy one with an easily replaceable battery, as opposed to a “sealed” unit, although, as a denizen of HaD, is any unit really “sealed”? B^)

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