After a yr because it was introduced, Google Glass is now available in the UK as a part of Google’s Glass Explorer Programme. This isn't a business launch, nevertheless, and getting onboard Google’s testing programme doesn’t come low cost – it prices £one thousand and you must be over 18 in addition to personal a bank card.
Clearly, that is fairly a barrier for a lot of potential Explorers. And with no business launch date in sight, it’s wanting growing probably that Joe Blogs can be ready an extended, very long time till he’s viewing the world round him by means of Glass.
However what in case you might construct your personal Google Glass?
Sounds inconceivable, proper? Google has billions upon billions of dollars of R&D cash, the perfect engineers and designers on the planet and it owns certainly one of one of many largest and most function-wealthy working techniques on the planet – Android.
Sure, it’s a tall order. However it may be accomplished, as Rob Furlan, a man-made intelligence researcher and investor, proved again in 2012 together with his first residence-constructed Google Glass system which he constructed utilizing a jailbroken iPod Contact and available digital elements.
“A lot of the elements required for a Glass-sort system are similar to what you'll be able to already discover in a smartphone—processor, accelerometers, digital camera, network interfaces,” wrote Furlan, in a submit over at Spectrum IEEE.
“The actual problem is to pack all these parts right into a wearable system that may current photographs near the attention.”
And the factor that introduced the most important problem was discovering an appropriate show. The show know-how itself is available, however “the corresponding optics for mounting these shows—which required them to be positioned instantly in entrance of the attention—have been too cumbersome.”
Furlan discovered a workaround, although, because of a small firm referred to as Myvu, now out of enterprise, which developed a heads-up show for iOS units again in 2009. Furlan was capable of monitor down a unit on-line for simply $one hundred.
“Myvu’s merchandise have been modern and small as a result of they used a intelligent optical system alongside aspect-mounted screens. Inside it I discovered a number of elements wanted for my wearable pc: optics, a zero.forty four-inch microdisplay, and a show controller able to dealing with a composite video enter.”
With the package assembled, Furlan hooked all the things up inside a pair of security goggles and booted up the system. And it labored, too – kind of…
“At first there was disappointment—my software program was rudimentary, and the video cable operating right down to the onboard pc was a compromise I wasn’t notably happy with. Then there was discomfort.”
Nonetheless, Furlan had created a working Google Glass-like gadget of his personal – and it doubtless value him quite a bit lower than Google’s £one thousand headset, too. Positive, it won't have labored fairly in addition to Glass, nevertheless it nonetheless proves that, with a little bit of know-how and software, you'll be able to construct your personal, functioning digital units.
Furlan then moved onto to his second-era unit, which he based mostly round Raspberry Pi, because it permits for “extra management over the digital camera than is at present attainable with the iOS apps […] and higher integration of sensors corresponding to accelerometers.”