If you're not one of the lucky few to get in on Google's Project Glass, but you like the idea of a wearable computer that records video and can show you contextual information in real time, you don't have to wait until Google's version hits the markets. IEEE Spectrum's Rod Furlan built his — here's how you can too.
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At its core, Google Glass is interesting and unique, but a lot of the technology that powers it is already available easily on the web. Furlan picked a couple of easily available components: a pair of safety goggles, a discontinued Myvu Crystal wearable video display from eBay (which he then disassembled for the video projector and a few other components,) and a jailbroken iPod Touch to be the computer that powered the whole thing. He configured the glasses-mounted display to mirror the iPod Touch's screen via video out, strapped the whole thing to his safety goggles and turned it on.
We're oversimplifying the process of course. For a more thorough walkthrough of Furlan's project, hit the link below. It's definitely a more advanced project, his article is worth a read. We're willing to bet that a number of you have ideas on how to improve on his design, if you think the project is worth undertaking at all. Either way, if Google thinks wearable computers are the future, it's just a matter of time before people start building their own.
Build Your Own Google Glass [IEEE Spectrum]