I have been interested in wearable computing for a while.  Until the RaspberryPi was released, there was no affordable and compact option for the computer part of a wearable computer.  My original setup used a laptop in a backpack, but that is a little too big to be practical.  I have seen a lot of arduino based wearable electronics, but they are not exactly what I have been looking for - a full power desktop computer that you can carry around at your side and use while walking, standing, sitting, or doing anything else. 

As a linux guy for many years, the RaspberryPi is the perfect solution to my problem, and I'm already comfortable with the OS.  Before you begin, make sure you read through my instructions.  I have updated several sections through the past few months. 

Just so you guys know, this is my first instructable after being a lurker here for almost seven years.  I'm excited.  So, let's begin! 

Update March 2013: I am now using a new (3D printed!) case.  Significant updates to the battery pack made as well.  The new case prevents the Pi from being totally enclosed, and marginally decreases the form factor. 

Update September 2013: Added a new video demonstration.  Check it out! 

Step 1: Materials

Here's a complete list of everything that I used, where I bought it, and how much it cost me:

Battery Recharger (came with 4xAA batteries) - $35 at Radioshack
6 xAA Recahrgeable Batteries - $7 at Radioshack
RaspberryPi Model B - $45 including shipping
Soft Cellular Phone Case - $5 at 5 and below.
USB Battery Pack - MintyBoost Kit - $20 - https://www.adafruit.com/products/14
2xAA battery holders - $5
Vuzix Wrap 920 Video Glasses - $200 on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Vuzix-329T30011-Corp-Wrap-920/dp/B002SUCMUG/
Mouse/Keyboard - $37 on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/VisionTek-Candyboard-Mini-Keyboard-Touchpad/dp/B007VMCBN4/
RCA Coupler - $4 at Radioshack
Micro-USB Cable - Already had
Wireless Adapter - $15 - www.amazon.com/Edimax-EW-7811Un-Wireless-Adapter-Wizard/dp/B005CLMJLU
SD Card - $9 at Microcenter


As with any project, you will need some basic household tools.  And some bits of wire.  As for the cost, you should expect to spend around $400 for everything you need.  Fortunately, half of the cost goes into the video glasses.  Otherwise, a laptop would be a better option.  Keep in mind that the computer part is $35 (without shipping)
<p><br>Its interesting<br><br>Thats useful...</p>
<p>Thats awesome</p>
<p>Its cold :)</p>
<p>What all can you use for a screen? Can I use something other than the specified video glasses?</p>
<p>if you dont mind not having a brand</p><p>These are around $50; http://m.ebay.com/itm/151712198885?nav=SEARCH</p>
<p>You can use anything that outputs composite or HDMI video. That is the beauty of the RaspberryPi. I chose to use video glasses for the purpose of making the entire setup wearable. </p>
<p>Amazing tutorial, very well done. I am currently making one of my own, albeit with only one display. My question is this; what kind of draw is there in amps by the setup? I am having a problem with the power pack I am using curently.</p>
<p>Thats awesome</p>
<p>Thats splendid...</p>
<br> <br>Its trendy :)
<p>I would say &quot;amazing&quot;, but i can't because my jaw broke when it hit the floor. This is one of the coolest things i've ever seen.</p>
<p>Note to those who have asked me a question to which I have not replied: Work gets the best of me sometimes. While I try to stick around to answer questions I do not always get the chance. </p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I was wondering if instead of the listed Raspberry Pi Model B I could use the Model A+?</p>
<p>Sure, that's probably an even better choice now that it is available since it uses less power. Your only challenge will be using one USB port. USB can only output so much power so if you want a keyboard and network connection it might be a challenge. </p>
<p>You might instead add the raspberry pi camera to the outside so you can walk around and take pictures of the way you are facing...</p>
<p>Appreciate the links that you gave and the pricing, thanks for that!</p>
<p>Thats astonishing...</p>
<p>Its helpful :)</p>
<p><br><br>Very good...!!</p>
<p>Its helpful :)</p>
What kind of image quality do you get from this? Can you read this comment on it?
<p>he said his glasses are 852x480px each</p>
<p>could you provide amazon or ebay links for these?<br>I live in Israel, and it's pretty hard for me to find electrical supplies where I live that arent grossly overpriced</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Thats astonishing...<br></p>
<p>Thats marvelous</p>
<p>Thats remarkable...<br></p>
<p>Pretty cool. I think the word you're looking for is &quot;portability&quot;.</p><p>I'm not really sure how your glasses work, but, depending on the tech, the LCDs may have semi-reflective back panels (to even out the back light distribution?) or just a sheet of something opaque. If you can get that off, you should be able to see through the lcds (they should be mostly transparent). If you can turn the backlight off and have software that sets the pixels for white (presumably the max transparency of the lcd) you might be able to have better visibility through them.</p><p>It would probably be good to have UV protection on the outside edge in such a design, as the amount of light that travels through the lcd might be small enough to cause your eyes to dilate (to let in more light) and thus expose you to more UV than usual (if the glasses don't block UV).</p>
<p>You might instead add the raspberry pi camera to the outside so you can walk around and take pictures of the way you are facing...</p>
<p>Translucent might be more truthful, but it would probably be better than not being able to see through the.</p>
<p>I am thinking about doing this for about a hundred bucks because I already have everything for the Pi I just need a keyboard/mouse combo that is bluetooth...</p>
<p>Thats brilliant</p>
I think going li-poly here would be a reasonable option. Lighter, smaller, and quite a bit more power. The tricky part is dealing with charging and such but even then, there are several pre-made packs that would fit the bill if you don't want to get into rolling your own.

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