Build Your Own Google Glass

IEEE Spectrum Portrait

Excerpt from my recent IEEE Spectrum article:

A wearable computer that displays information and records video


Last April, Google announced Project Glass. Its goal is to build a wearable computer that records your perspective of the world and unobtrusively delivers information to you through a head-up display. With Glass, not only might I share fleeting moments with the people I love, I’d eventually be able to search my external visual memory to find my misplaced car keys. Sadly, there is no release date yet. A developer edition is planned for early this year at the disagreeable price of US $1500, for what is probably going to be an unfinished product. The final version isn’t due until 2014 at the earliest.

But if Google is able to start developing such a device, it means that the components are now available and anyone should be able to follow suit. So I decided to do just that, even though I knew the final product wouldn’t be as sleek as Google’s and the software wouldn’t be as polished.

Most of the components required for a Glass-type system are very similar to what you can already find in a smartphone—processor, accelerometers, camera, network interfaces. The real challenge is to pack all those elements into a wearable system that can present images close to the eye.

You can read the full article here

Coverage around the web:
Forbes – “Google Glass Project In Flux”
MIT Technology Review - “The Latest on Google Glass”
Huffington Post - “Yes, The Machines Are Getting Better. But So Are You”
Live Science - “Total Recall Offers Killer App for Google Glasses”
US News - “Google Glass Unlikely to Be Game Changer in 2013″
ExtremeTech - “ Google Glass ready to roll out to developers, but why not save $1,500 and build your own?”
Geekosystem - “Can’t Wait for Google Glass? Don’t. Build Your Own”
Lifehacker - “Build Your Own Google Glass-Style Wearable Computer”
The Verge - “One man’s journey through augmented reality with a self-built version of Project Glass”
SlashGear - “DIY Google Glass puts iOS in front of your eyes”
9to5Google – “Don’t have $1,500? Just build your own Google Glass”

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