Beady-i : Make Your Own Google Glass
Although, it was announced for the first time last year, Google Project Glass will not be available for purchase until the end of this year. In case you wonder how much itâ€™ll set your back, Googleâ€™s wearable computer is expected to retail at $1,500. I donâ€™t know about you but if I have the fund, Iâ€™ll invest a little more to snatch a cool 3D printer.
By the way, if it is only an augmented display without any smart capability that you need, you donâ€™t have to break your piggy bank to fetch a Google Glass, actually. With only 300 bucks and some DIY experience on your background, you can create your own augmented display. This saves you from spending an extra of $1,200 and also nine months of waiting.
The said DIY project is called the Beady-i and it is initiated by a dude by the name of XenonJohn from Instructables. The end result is not as sleek as Googleâ€™s smart glass, not to say that itâ€™s still wired, but you can still have fun by streaming your favorite video on it. Depending on your hacking and DIY experience, Beady-i can be put together within three hours.
Most of components used to stack up Beady-i can be purchased at eBay. These include the MyVu Crystal video glasses, gaming headset, iPhone or iPad, Dremel, and of course, glue. The idea is using MyVu Crystal glasses to stream the content of your device. Controls arenâ€™t made by blinking and rolling your eyes like you would in Google Glass. Instead, you will rely on the microphone of the said gaming headset to send out some voice command.
Iâ€™m not sure why it has to be iOS devices, given that Android also has the smart Google Now app with better voice recognition capability. In any way, you can hop to Instructables now for a lengthy list of instruction. Non DIY-ers are welcome to give it a shot but get ready to get your head dizzy!