Headphones are incredibly ubiquitous. They can range from different sizes to styles, comfort to noise cancelling and now even wireless bluetooth. Here's an upgrade you won't find on even the biggest brands. RGB LEDs.
This DIY upgrade uses NeoPixel LED rings and an Adafruit Feather Bluefruit LE module to make slick lighting effects.
With The Adafruit Bluefruit LE connect app for iOS or Android, you can change the colors of the LEDs using a color picker and even trigger dope animations with the tap of a button.
The 3D printed enclosures keep everything together and doesn't add too much weight or bulk to your pair of headphones.
We recommend reading through the following guides to get familiar with the components used in this project.
The following parts were used in this project.
You'll need the following tools to complete this project. If you don't have access to a 3D print, you can use a service like 3DHubs.com to print and ship the parts to you.
- 3D Printer w/ Filament
- Soldering Iron w/ Solder
- Jumper Wires (300mm in length)
- Silicone Cover Stranded Wire (30AWG)
- Panavise Jr.
- Helping Third Hand
- Wire Strippers
- Heat Shrink
Headphone Design Matters
This project will not fit every style of headphones. In this project, we're using a pair of Coloud Boom headphones by Nokia. They’re about $25 bucks on amazon. The enclosure is ideally for headphones with flat ear cups that are not covered by the headband. If you're looking to upgrade your favorite pair of headphones, be sure to carefully inspect the design and take measurements to see if the 3D printed case will fit. The case has a diameter of 58mm (2.28 inches).
If you haven't done any 3D Printing + Electronics projects before, this is an intermediate project and slightly ambitious for a first time DIY project. It requires beginner level soldering skills. The 3D printed parts are relatively easy to print and will fit most build volumes. The most time consuming / challenging part of the project might be splicing some wires.