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Ralf Ackermann sent us a tip on using the Myvu Crystal headset in conjunction with a wearable computer. The Myvu glasses were designed to block out the rest of the world for private iPod video watching, but its VGA resolution and device compatibility makes it pretty suitable for tearing apart.

The consumer myvu crystal HMD (sold as a nice though still somewhat
“socially unacceptable” 2 eyepiece video output device for the ipod and
other devices generating a PAL/NTSC signal can be modified into a much
smaller 1 eyepiece version. This one works very well with a multitude of
devices like a Parallax propeller, a Nokia N95 via TV out or a Archos
PMA 430. It is thus well suited as the core of “another wearable computer”.

For this purpose it might also be combined with the iphone / ipod touch
Xbee IO extension
described earlier this week.

Ralf’s project is still a work in progress, but it’s a reminder that most of the hardware required for a wearable is now commonly available. Considering most of us already carry a sufficient computer (iPhone, N95, G1, etc.) around with us all the time anyway, it’s only a matter of time before a HMD design is made cool enough to dodge the social stigma.

Myvu Crystal HMD Modification (Flickr Photo Set)



  1. Gregor Richards says:

    I’ve done it! Spurred on by this article, I built myself a wearable display and it works PERFECTLY.

    A picture of me wearing it, mounted temporarily to some funky yellow polarized computer glasses:

    For those wanting slightly more in-depth instructions, I’ve posted a video of the multiple steps I had to go through to make it work. It’s here: (note: this video was being processed as of when I posted this link, but by the time you read this it should be done)