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Knight Rider may have starred David Hasselhoff, but it was his autonomous car that stole the show. This Pontiac Trans Am could talk, had bulletproof glass, and, most distinctively, featured a prominent set of red lights on the front for eyes. Two decades later, we still can't cram most of KITT's functionality into a car, but a new Indiegogo project can help us replicate what matters most, those distinctive LED lights. Rollin' Eyes accent lights, customizable via an Android app, promise users the ability to make their cars flash and flicker with all the personality of a vehicle packing more of a brain.

Rollin' Eyes come in two form-factors, a strip (a la KITT) or a circle. The lights are waterproof, shock resistant, and bright enough to use in the daytime. More interesting, though, is the ability to customize them via Bluetooth using an Android app. There is a street mode for use while driving (white LEDs in the front, red in the back) and a show mode for impressing others. Users can create light shows with up to 99 steps, and here is a video sample of many of the possible effects.

The Indiegogo project is over halfway to completing its 7,500 euro funding goal. There are still 33 days left to contribute, with 149 euros being the cheapest way to claim a set of Rollin' Eyes. Anyone who does so won't have long to wait. Delivery is expected sometime next month.

Rollin' Eyes: create your own LED light show, on your phone

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • mfr118

    Being pulled over by the cops in 3...2....1

    • melhiore

      EXACTLY what I was thinking about...

      • mfr118

        Yup. Especially here in Massachusetts.

    • Sorian

      I can see that and was first thought when I saw them, but they do have a street and show modes. How often will someone switch back and forth is anyone's guess.

      • mfr118

        You know as well as I do most people will keep it on "show" mode just to be Tommy Tough Nuts lol

        • Sorian

          I didn't say those people were smart to do it, just that the builder/designer of these did take the legal issues into account.

          • mfr118

            Of course they did. I'm not disagreeing with that. But I'm just saying most people that slap these things on their car/truck/SUV will want to push the envelop to see how far they can go.

          • Sorian

            It would be funny to see one of those people getting pulled over by a cop in some of the newer "stealth" cars that's also using them. We have a few in Houston that the police emblems and name are just a shade darker then the white paint and have running board lights.

    • Android Developer

      what I thought too.
      is this legal?

      • Mike Reid

        Nothing illegal about making flashing lights, same as laser pointers or knifes or countless other potentially dangerous or misusable products.

        It's what the end USER does with them that may or may not be legal.

        And you can use them for digital signs, christmas lighting or whatever.

        • Android Developer

          i meant if it's legal on cars, as shown on the video...
          i think there are rules as to what can be used on cars.

          • Freak4Dell

            It's not illegal to have them, but it may be illegal to use them in certain configurations, depending on your local laws. It's illegal to have blue and red lights in the front in almost every place in the US, and many places also don't allow other colors commonly found on emergency vehicles, like green. On private property, you can do whatever you want with your lights, but when you drive onto a public road, white and yellow are typically the only safe colors to the use, and they should not be flashing.

          • Android Developer

            I see.
            thanks.

  • Jsk

    I can see people using them like cop lights

    • mfr118

      That was my first thought

  • Sorian

    I can see someone who is doing a frame up custom build using this. Depending on the year (1990's and older), we are talking about miles of wiring. Since these can function as blinkers/tail/break lights and each controller can support 4 lights.

    I can also see the street modders using it for what they like to do, but I like my practical thinking first.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    So we now have these app controlled lights, but no app controlled windshield wipers yet? What is this?

    • Freak4Dell

      Why would you even want that? You barely have to move your hand to activate windshield wipers as it is, and they have like 3 extremely simple modes all within an 1/8th of an inch of each other. They're nothing like multi-colored lights.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        Exactly my point. Why would you want such a thing when it can easily be accessible on the dashboard(what also can be incorporated for these lights, by the way)?

        This is the case of all these app controlled things, they make something that isn't hard nor complex at all, and turn it into an complex, expensive to develop app that makes things a thousandfold harder for the user. Not only that, but in this case it will invite the user to screw around with his phone while driving.

        • Freak4Dell

          If you think this app can be replaced by something on the dash that's as simple as a windshield wiper switch, you clearly don't understand just how detailed and complex the configurations for these lights can be.

          Also, it doesn't invite somebody to screw around with his phone while driving any more than a navigation app does. Stupid people have done stupid things while driving before, and they will continue to do stupid things while driving for years to come. This app won't have any effect on that.

          • Wesley Modderkolk

            You get the idea, it takes something easy and it gets turned into something complex by turning it into an app without any good reason.

  • rpitera

    This is a great idea, because we need more distractions on the road. Said no one ever.

  • Nick Cannon

    Need a set of color changing LED app controlled Xmas lights that don't cost a fortune.

  • RH

    Run these on the street and I guarantee you will get pulled over. ESPECIALLY if you do the wig-wag in Red-Blue.

    • tehboogieman

      You could do white, maybe blue or green without any problems. Definitely not any combo with red. I kind of want one for my hood scoop

  • http://ergomot.be Pol Binon

    What looked like a stupid project, 25 days ago, impossible to get "crowd" funded, is today 98% funded at IndieGoGo.
    I admit, it did cost me day and night of hard work … but we still have 20 days to get more funds.
    For those who fear being pulled over by the cops ... it has a "Street Mode" too, legal and improving your safety on the road. http://igg.me/at/rollin/x/5868488