Kickstart Monday: DropShades Takes Off!

Local startup, DropShades, has reaped significant success from its sound reactive shades.

The initial goal was set for $15,000 on its Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Backed by over 1500 people, DropShades successfully closed its campaign with over $78,000.

These party shades will entertain all as they “dance” to music being played. With six bars of multicolored lights stretching across as lenses, DropShades will create its own miniature light show on your face.

The extra profit allowed DropShades to expand on its prototype model, perfecting the shape and offering white or glow-in-the-dark frames in addition to the original black.

We reached out to Dropshades to find out more. Take a look!

How does the sensor work?

DropShades has a microprocessor connected to a microphone built into the arms of the glasses. This enables them to automatically adjust to the level of music or sound coming in. For example, if you are wearing them while having a conversation, the glasses know that you’re in a low volume environment. If  you walk into a concert, the glasses will pick up on the increase in volume and adjust accordingly. If this feature wasn’t there, the glasses would have to be manually adjusted or they would just be always on.

How have things been since launch?

We raised over $78,000 in a month during our Kickstarter campaign. We continued pre-orders on our website. We are currently manufacturing DropShades and expect to be shipping everything out within the next few weeks.

What’s next?

We’re still focused on getting this current model manufactured and fulfilling all of our pre-orders. DropShades has lots of exciting new things planned for 2014.

Jenna Clark

Jenna is an avid explorer and supporter of the DFW startup community. In addition to LAUNCH DFW, she works and volunteers for startup events around the city.