Making Prescription Google Glass
After months of waiting, I got the coveted email inviting me to pick up my pair of Google Glasses. After my appointment at Google HQ, my celebration was brief because I struggled with how to deal with Google Glass and my own prescription glasses. I tried wearing both frames at once (disaster) and I tried switching between Google Glass and my prescription glasses throughout the day. Neither option worked well. The benefits of Google Glass come from constant use over time. If I had to pull out Glass and put them on each time a card showed up on my Timeline, that experience would be no different than pulling out my cell phone. In order to experience Glass at its fullest, I needed to be able to wear it for extended periods.
I suppose I could get contact lenses, but I’ve got pretty bad astigmatism in both eyes (-4 and -3 diopters), plus it seems silly to get contacts just so I can wear a pair of glasses. Google has already said they’re working on prescription Google Glass, but there’s no release date yet.
Rather than wait, I hacked together my own pair of prescription Google Glasses using magnets and Sugru.
If you’ve never heard of it, Sugru is “self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.”
In this case, I used Sugru to attach a pair of magnets to my existing prescription frames. Then I removed the titanium frame from Google Glass and used Sugru to attach two magnets to the Google Glass earpiece.
The result is a standalone Google Glass earpiece that automatically attaches to my existing prescription frames. It works like a charm, and the placement of the Glass screen aligns perfectly every time with my prescription frames.
This solution allows me to wear Glass throughout the day and quickly remove it in cases where the context isn’t appropriate. And now I can start working on the next challenge — coming up with a fun app idea for Glass.