When Clay Haight was 8 years old, his grandfather bought him a book that explained how things were made and how to repair everyday appliances. He caught the bug and has been fascinated with making ever since. He’s tried his hand at electronics, robotics, and other DIY projects, many of which he found in Make: magazine.
He bought his first Arduino, an Uno, at age 10. Now he has the Uno, the Mega, the Esplora, the Mini, the Ardweeny, the Mintduino and even his own home-built Arduino compatible.
At age 13, he saved up his money and bought a Printrbot Simple. He has since upgraded it and prints projects and parts nearly every day.
Clay’s latest project, which he is quite proud of, is an intelligent pair of glasses inspired by Google Glass and Make: Volume 38 (High-Tech DIY).
Clay’s DIY “Google Glass” uses the sensors on the Arduino Esplora along with the Arduino LCD screen and a 3D printed frame. He can use voice commands to bring up a calendar with his schedule, local maps, and temperature and weather info. A headband on the back keeps it from tilting to one side.
“Now they are extremely comfortable,” says Clay. “In fact I wear them around my house and tell my parents the temperature just for fun!”
Nice work, Clay. Keep on making!
This week, July 14-19 2014, we’re exploring wearable electronics of all kinds on Make! If it is electronic and belongs on your body, we’d love to hear about it! You can find all of our wearable articles by going here.