Back in 2009 I was working on a DIY personal head-up display (HUD) driven by a Sony Vaio VGN-UX380N ultraportable PC. I ended up shelving the project because I felt the technology wasn’t there yet – the prototype was bulky, uncomfortable to wear and battery life was terrible.
Luckily we are living in exponential times and mobile technology has advanced so much since 2009 that with just a bit of research I was able to build a much better wearable computing device than the one I was experimenting with 3 years ago. Below are pictures of prototype #2, which is basically a wearable microdisplay driven by a smartphone.
For prototype #3 I will be keeping the wire (for now) and I will add a camera, a microphone, speakers and a 9dof inertial tracker to match Google Project Glass‘ known capabilities. It should serve as a good platform to explore the applications of a head-mounted wearable computer.