Thursday, June 21, 2007


This is for all you die hard Daft Punk fans or
those with $$$ to burn for a good cause.....

Above: Pic of the glorious Daft helmets!
To purchase one go to :

Here is a step by step on how to make your own daft punk
helmets from our friends at the Daily Swarm
incase you dont have $65K laying around:

These helmets were commissioned by the punk band Daft Punk
for a music video.Over the years, LED Effects has received
many inquiries from people who wanted to purchase their
own helmet. Unfortunately, these helmets are custom
designed stage props and cost over $14,000. While the
helmets are reasonably simple in design, the cost of
labor and materials make it impractical to mass produce and
market them. In addition, Daft Punk owns the copyright
and concept rights to the helmets, so there may be
additional licensing fees to pay. In short, yes, we can
build you a helmet, but it will cost you thousands of
dollars and take a year to produce. Here is how
the helmets were made:

1. A model shop cast the face of the musician.
This was used to create a bust which was
used as a template for the design.
2. The next step was to modify a motorcycle helmet.
The body was cut away to allow for cables and
electronics. Two pin holes were provided so
the wearer could see out.
3. Clay models were created for all the unique parts.
This included a back pack and a armband controller.
4. Electronic displays were designed using prototype
PC board materials.
5. The LED display panels were assembled by
placing each LED one-by-one into a plastic
sheet and glued into place. Each LED required
three feet of wiring to connect it to power
and control circuitry. The finished panel was
bolted to the helmet frame.
6. The LED cabling was routed around the “ears”
of the helmet and out the back. The
helmet cables led down to the backpack where
the main controller board was located.
7. The system was originally powered by
batteries, but this was later switched over to a
power cord system.
8. The control keypad on the armband was a
custom manufactured PC board.
9. Exterior plastic molding and finishing materials
were custom manufactured by a special
effects studio to complete the helmet. Once
these pieces were added,
the helmet details were touched up with paint.

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