DIY “Google Glass”

3D Printing & Imaging Arduino Wearables
DIY “Google Glass”
13-year-old Clay Haight made his own wearable smart glasses, inspired by Google Glass.
13-year-old Clay Haight made his own wearable smart glasses, inspired by Google Glass.

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 Haight with his DIY "Google Glass".
Clay Haight with his DIY “Google Glass”.

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!”

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Nice work, Clay. Keep on making!

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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