Google Glass? How about this Home-brew Solution?


[Codeninja] has been sending us some great hacks over the years, and we’ve just learned that his attention has been on building wearable computers lately! He’s currently on his third iteration of a Google Glass-like prototype, which features a motorized element which allows for the retraction of the screen.

There’s not too much info on his blog about them, but we do know he’s using a Raspberry Pi, a few small servos, and a pico LCD screen. Most of the frame is 3D printed, and it also features a hidden camera, accelerometers, and a few environmental sensors.

He’s uploaded an animated gif of the mechanism that moves the display away from his eye, and it looks straight out of some science fiction movie — check it out after break!

plissmover2His first foray into wearable computers was back in 2005, when he made a real-life Tron game. We’re surprised we haven’t covered it before!

We’re excited to see his next prototype which he plans on making much smaller, sleeker, and sexier. We believe him too — after all, he did bring us the RFID Terminator Gun years ago!


  1. noname says:

    We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

  2. zuul says:

    seems like he needs a counter balance on the glasses to keep from tilting to one side

  3. pcf11 says:

    Because nothing says you’re a geek quite like some tape on your glasses.

  4. pff says:

    why do you guys keep adding things to articles?
    nobody said it was like google glass – and thats because it isn’t!

    I guess if you say google glass enough times you get some hits and revenue from search engines results or something? pathetic.

  5. George says:

    That’s actually No-Glasses… :-)

  6. Spike says:

    Nice hack.

    I might just skip the Google Glass hype and go straight to Polarized Contact lenses ala:

    Contact Lenses with Glasses that have dual Transparant OLed screens thats the future, but for starters I’ll take Polarized Contact Lenses and a all in one Gaming Helmet ( 10″ HD curved screen 2″ from your face )

    • Hack says:

      I don’t think I understand the difference… Either way, you’re only able to see when the display is turned on, and you’ll have a display the exact size of… The display. One limits that to a rather small size, but is transparent, the other gives you a larger size (and I suppose it could be configured to only turn on specific areas of the screen), but that display isn’t transparent when displaying information (again, it could easily have transparent areaa), AND you have to wear special contact?? Meh.

      If I’m missing something, please fill me in. This area of research is very interesting to me.

  7. Retracting the screen is genius, I love it!
    Also one idea I had to increase resolution is to use a frame doubler and additional passive unpolarised LCD in front of the panel to shift it up and down by 1 pixel.

  8. techb says:

    I’d like to know where to source the pico lcd.

  9. JimBob says:

    These things worry me…remember the Opti-grab?

  10. Greenaum says:

    I think the screen would look better if it swung out to the side, rather than upwards. As if it was “opening”. Just have it swing left an inch or two so it’s out of the wearer’s sight. For the few occasions where you’d want to use your weak fleshy eye to look.

  11. Johnny says:

    I love the part about “hidden camera.” You could tape an old Polaroid on there and it wouldn’t stand out too much from what’s already there. lol

  12. Whatnot says:

    I wonder if he can actually see anything on that screen

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