Glass Teardown

Google’s Project Glass needs little introduction, but even at Google I/O this year they were rare enough that they were a novelty. So it sort of surprises me that someone was willing to take apart their headset. Surprises and delights that is, I love a good teardown post.

We eagerly brought Glass back to the lab to begin the dissection. Speculation reigned: what if the entire body of Glass is potted with epoxy requiring strong solvents to access? Which part is the battery in? How hackable is this thing? Where are the sensors? Any extra hardware features yet to be unlocked by future software updates? But first, where to even begin opening it?

With no idea of what lay ahead, we started by removing the titanium frame from the pod that holds all the good stuff.

This is a beautifully presented and detailed teardown of Glass by Scott Torborg and Star Simpson. All honour to them, especially since they were apparently able to reassemble their Glass after the teardown. It still worked perfectly, albeit with some cosmetic damage.

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who at the moment is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.


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