Google Glass hack for Apple fanboys can be had right now

google-glass-for-apple-iphone

If you’re a follower of Apple hardware the upcoming Google Glass release probably doesn’t interest you much. But the concept is universally cool. If you want to have your own one-eyed voice-activated computer running iOS, then this is the hack for you. [John] calls it the Beady-i, and posted a step-by-step article on how he put it together.

The headpiece is shown on the left. It’s a combination of a pair of glasses with projection screens built-in, and a gaming headset. [John] cut off one of the lenses, and removed the remaining arm of the glasses. That arm was replaced with the frame of a gaming headset, which now wraps around the back of his neck to make sure the lopsided display isn’t going to fall off.

By combining the electronics from both the glasses and the headset, and terminating the connections with a docking plug he’s got what he was after. The lens displays what is shown on the screen, and the gaming headset lets him hear the device’s sound in one ear and register input using the microphone.

Comments

  1. strider_mt2k says:

    So it just mirrors the display then?

  2. Nunya Bidness says:

    The concept is not universally cool.

    The idea that a computer is constantly giving you input, recording your location, and generally moving from ‘tool’ to ‘crutch’ is actually quite scary.

    If you look at children these days, you can an impact on their ability to entertain themselves without a screen. They seem to have trouble playing with anything else. Encouraging that is not a positive way to go.

    I can see an application for such technology, but I don’t think consumers have an everyday use for them.

  3. M4CGYV3R says:

    Is there some reason this isn’t possible under Android? Seems just like the choice of platform limiting things.

    • Caractacus Potts says:

      I don’t think so. The trick would be finding a wearable display that was both affordable and had support for HDMI since a lot of android phones have micro-HDMI already on them. The apple devices still have a composite out in the dock connector and MyVu made displays like this one that take advantage of that fairly affordable (under 200 on ebay if you poke around). As for the voice command side of things there are plenty of good speech to text apps in Play (I’ve messed with Vlingo myself but there are all sorts of different options)

      • M4CGYV3R says:

        It’s $800, and back-ordered for a while it seems, but this display has an HDMI input. It may not be as cheap as this hack, but it’s cheaper than Google’s offering, and looks to have a much better resolution as well. I already bookmarked this to check when they are shipping again, because of this gem in the specs: Resolution: 1920 x 1080 native

        Seems like it’s nearly impossible to find HD+ resolution HMDs for less than $5000 these days. These don’t look bad at all.

        http://www.siliconmicrodisplay.com/st1080.html

    • Kyle says:

      Most android phones don’t have TV out, however if you do have TV out and have a converter box in line, then it’s perfectly possible, hell you could write a driver that flips the display if you wanted to!

    • As others are pointing out, it’s difficult to find HMDs compatible with Android phones. Most of these were designed to accept only composite or S-video, but only few devices, like older Archos ones or the original international Galaxy S, are capable of it. iOS devices, on the other hand, supported S-video since iPod Photo(4th) up to very recent models(iPad 3 I guess?).

      btw, I have this exact MyVu glasses I picked up in Akihabara, and I even tried hooking it up to an iPod touch 1G few years back, but I also use prescription glasses. Display cables running down my head, earphones in my ears, control box with video in and out, touch with video and power… that’s a whole bunch of cables. I think it’s cables that holds back uses of HMDs. It has to be in a single manageable package if you are to wear it.

    • Tim says:

      Android users have more sense?

  4. sa_penguin says:

    A bit of a shame the main item comes from a company that seemed to shut down in November 2012 [MyVu Crystal Glasses].
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myvu

  5. Indyaner says:

    Except, you know, Google Glass will be a non-blocking display.

  6. garlicbready says:

    Did any one else think, Snaaaake Snaaaaake

  7. IcYhAwK says:

    all i can think of is the episode of aqua teen hunger force, “eDork”. we will all look like shake in that episode one day.

  8. Whatnot says:

    The instructable comments say that the parts are next to impossible to get, so so much for that then.

  9. Ryan Mitchell says:

    I’m sorry, I’ve been using a hacked myvu for years, How the fuck is this anything new?
    And what CAN you actually display on this? Tv shows? 1-sided video chat? This is no heads up display, This is useless.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,345 other followers