3D Printing

3D Printed Adapter To Turn Glasses Into Google Glass

Google Glass is a device that is anticipated to be a success from its launch later this year. Currently projected to be priced at USD$1500 Google Glass will come in a variety of colours: Charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky. Now, via project creators Noé and Pedro Ruiz at Pixil 3D, 3D printing has brought another adaption of Glass, one for spectacles.

Google itself has begun selling Glass-compatible frames for prescription lenses at $225 without lenses. An alternative created via a DIY project from design studio Pixil 3D can 3D print a clip-on modification for your existing prescription glasses for under $1 in material costs. The simple plastic clip appears to work well on the demonstration video, the Glass adaption can be modified with a single screw.

For those new to the technology, Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands. The Glass camera records at five-megapixels (2528×1856), a high-definition (720p) video and has a Lithium Polymer battery (2.1 Wh). It has a dual-core OMAP4430 processor. Much interest has been expressed in its capacity for Augmented Reality.

Glass currently has a very limited user base, but if it does make its way to the consumer market later this year as is planned, then this handy little gadget could provide an alternative for access to the device via a useful cost-saver for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.