DIY projects are similar to a rough prototype of any product. True they do not turn out to be sophisticated; but they do offer an amazing learning experience. These projects teach you how to think out of the box, how to use daily use objects to make something without any funding.
The availability of open source hardware and software had allowed engineers, tech geeks and hobbyists to try out projects which required millions of dollars funding beforehand. Now it can be done in a few hundred or less dollars. You can duplicate any product with modifications of your own and that too without spending hefty money on some company’s big product.
If you don’t believe us meet this guy in the picture above. He may look ridiculous but who says innovative ideas should be perfect. He is Arvind Sanjeev from India and posted a DIY tutorial for head mounted display project on diyhacking.com. This project was named by him as ‘Smart Cap’.
He made this smart cap from scratch mostly to experience its functionalities and avoid paying $1500 to a market product. In the step by step guide, he instructed to build a monocular wearable display. The system is built on top of raspberry pi and includes a webcam for video sharing & recording with a voice recognition feature for hands free experience.
Now, how does this google glass clone works? Usually head mounted displays consist of high resolution LCD screens for one or both eye at 5-10 cm distance. Arvind used miniature LCD screen in front of one eye, thus named monocular.
The LCD screen can display email, maps for navigation, Google search, YouTube, webcam recording and first person viewing of other cameras, etc. right in from of your eyes like a PC display.
Furthermore, he used aspheric loupe magnifier lens having 5X magnification to allow 5-6 cm distance from the eye. He took apart a camera and microphone from a USB webcam, removed the plastic coverings of the wire and soldered it on the cap. He, then, programmed a voice recognition software to ensure the hand free operation.
If you want to make your own Google Glass, follow the tutorial here or watch the video below. Share your comments on the project.