Making Prescription Google Glass

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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.

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.

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.

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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.