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Adafruit bakers cook up Raspberry Pi eyewear to rival Google Glass

The battle of nose bridge is on
Wed May 07 2014, 16:01

THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION has linked to an Adafruit tutorial for tinkerers that want to turn the pocket computer into a Google Glass competitor.

The foundation introduced the Raspberry Pi driven spectacles on its blog, saying that the tutorial shows users how to build a wearable display that clicks onto any pair of glasses.

The composite display from a pair of "Private Display Glasses", that is, glasses that allow you to watch immersive video from the comfort of your own sofa, bed or deckchair, is placed into a 3D printed shell - the files for the shell are available on Thingiverse - and attached to a Raspberry Pi along with a mini-keyboard that "lives in your pocket", according to Raspberry Pi spokesperson Liz Upton.

"We love it as a proof of concept, and it's not too much of a leap to get voice recognition (which the Pi handles admirably) working on a piece of kit like this; mounting a Raspberry Pi camera board on there shouldn't be too much of a stretch either," she added.

If you are keen to have a go you will need access to a 3D printer and a display eyeglass set. Time and patience are also required, but users should be able to build a Google Glass rival for less cash than Google wants.

"Our 3D Printed design turns this display into a Google Glass like form factor," said Adafruit. "It easily clips to your prescription glasses, and can display any kind of device with Composite Video like a Raspberry Pi."

Adafruit supplies a list of necessary hardware and links to purchase options. Eyeglasses, both PAL and NTSC, are priced at $109, but Adafruit has only two pair in stock.

Also limited is Google Glass, the search and advertising company's assault on your face, and some say privacy, that kicked all of this off. In a recent open to all - as long as you had enough green folding currency - one day sale, Google was cleaned out of Glass. µ


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