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Shut up and take my lunch money!
It might not look as slick, but 13-year-old Clay Haight’s homemade Google Glass probably saved him a whole lot of money. And who could ever accuse this enterprising little genius of being a Glasshole?
Haight has been tinkering with electronics and robotics since he was 8, according to Make magazine, and recently saved up for his own Printrbot Simple, a small 3D printer that was originally funded on Kickstarter. But his real tour-de-force has to be this DIY Google Glass contraption, with its 3D-printed frame, Arduino LCD screen, and Arduino Esplora sensors. Haight can bring up his calendar, local maps, and temperature and weather information with a few simple voice commands, just like a pared-down version of Glass.
A headband around the back of the headset keeps the whole contraption in place, Haight told Make. “Now they are extremely comfortable,” he said.
The headset even displays a cute little welcome message: “Hi I am Glass.”
Fine, it can’t make phone calls or record things surreptitiously, but give it time. By age 15, Haight will probably have mastered the iPhone, too.
Screengrab via YouTube
Rebecca Hiscott is the former assistant editor at Neurology Today and Brain & Life. Her work has also appeared in Mashable, Vanity Fair, and the New York Observer. She is now the London-based engagement editor for Kickstarter.