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How to build a Google Glass-like wearable computer using Raspberry Pi

You can use the Raspberry Pi to make cool things, even an affordable Google Glass alternative. Here’s how.

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Google Glass has been one of the interesting concepts that we have come across. With an aim of building ubiquitous computer, the Google Glass features an optical head-mounted display with a design in the form of eyeglasses. The expensive piece of technology hasn t gone on sale, but Google made the prototypes available to select developers. If you ve been amazed by the Google Glass and want to have something similar, there is a small DIY project that can help you build your own wearable. Also Read - Google Glass-like device could help treat people with memory problems: Report

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Fascinated by Google Glass, Paul Miller, a writer at The Verge, took it to himself to build his own wearable computer using the Raspberry Pi tinker board. Yes, the DIY project sounds really interesting, but to successfully build it, one needs to put in a little effort, with some knowledge and tinkering. Miller did list out things and the procedure he followed for building the wearable computer. Here s how you can build one for you. Also Read - Google working on standalone AR headset 'Google A65': Report

Prerequisites

There are a bunch of things you need for building a wearable computer. First off, you ll need a Vufine display, which is basically a head-mounted screen that you can connect to any device for HDMI output. Vufine started as a kickstarter project, and the display can be purchased from Amazon US for about $169 (approximately Rs 10,700). Sadly, it is not available in India, and you ll have to look for someone coming from the US to get it for you. ALSO READ: Raspberry Pi Zero W with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support launched, priced at $10

You ll also need to get a Raspberry Pi Zero from Amazon India for about Rs 3,700. You ll also need a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as input devices. And lastly, you ll also need a power bank (10,000mAh or more) to power your wearable computer, and a microSD card, preferably 16GB. ALSO READ: Worried about Aadhaar misuse? Here s how you can lock and unlock your biometrics

The procedure

The DIY procedure to build your wearable computer is easy, provided you follow all the steps correctly. To begin with, plug-in the Vufne s HDMI cable into the Raspberry Pi Zero. Next, also plug in the Bluetooth keyboard, and mouse dongle into Raspberry Pi Zero s USB port. You can watch the below video to look at the procedure in detail, and its working. ALSO READ: How to add wireless charging feature to any smartphone

Now, download Noobs OS for Raspberry Pi from here. Next, format the microSD card and copy the Noobs folder onto it. Next, insert the microSD card into your Pi Zero, connect power supply, and boot. Simply follow the on-screen setup instructions and if all goes well, you should be able to see the interface on the Vufine s screen. To navigate through the operating system, you will need to use the connected Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. ALSO READ: How to sell your old gadgets online in India

Using this wearable computer, you can watch videos, browse the internet, play Minecraft, take notes on word documents, and a lot more.

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  • Published Date: August 3, 2017 3:23 PM IST



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