A DIY Google Glass




Introduction: A DIY Google Glass

Welcome to my first Instructable! As a slight nerd, I was fascinated by google glass when I heard about it. However, being a jobless 14-year-old, I didn't have $1500 to spare. So I improvised.
Here is what I like to call. The Faux Glass. Enjoy.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

This was a fairly simple project materials-wise. Here is the list, with the prices I purchased them at.
1) Myvu crystal 701 made for ipod edition. ($50)
I chose the Myvu because it offered a decent quality image at a decent price. The downside is the community. Or the lack of one. So you really are on your own when dealing with this thing.

2) IPod touch 2g ($0)
I managed to get mine free from a family member, but this will run you anywhere from $25 to $150 on amazon.

3) A pair of unused glasses ($7)
I spent way too much on my crappy pair of glasses. All you need is a frame to hold the viewer in place.

4) 2 pairs of needle nosed-pliers. (Should already own)
If you don't already own this, it will run you up to $10 at a hardware store.

5) Electrical tape ($3)
I used black, but use whatever color suits you.

6) Anything to cut with. (...)
I used a dremel tool with a grinder attachment. It tears up plastic

7) A small chisel
Anything that can fit into small places easily

My Total: $60

Step 2: Disassembly Pt 1

Pull out the myvu glasses, and examine them. Look at the place where your nose would fit. Pull that bit off. It should just pop off.

Now you're going to want to cut the glasses in half. The point where you took the nose-rest off is the thinnest point. Cut the glasses in half.

Next, look at the point where it connects to the controller. There should be two wires running to it. Cut one of them. THINK about which side you want to have on your glasses though, as you DON'T want to cut that wire.

Step 3: Disassembly Pt 2

Now that you have a single side of the glasses, we can begin taking the actual thing apart. Between the amber and black part, there is a silvery part. It should pop off, with some prying. (Use a chisel or a pair of scissors with this part.

Underneath the silver part is a clear, plastic part, that covers the internal components. On the front-facing side of that, is a piece of tape, running along the seam. Pull that off, and the clear plastic part can be pried apart easily. (See pictures)

Also, around the lense is a black piece. Pull that off. It shouldn't be very hard.

Step 4: Disassembly the Hard Pt

Now comes the hard part. Now that we have the internal component exposed, we need to take to glass part out. This is where pliers come in.

Take the pliers and put them on either side of the exposed parts of the glass bit. Pull. It should come out pretty easily.

Now that the glass bit is out, pick up your pliers. In the space left from the removal of the glass bit, put one pair of pliers on either side of the amber walls. Hold the pliers tightly, and pull them until one of the walls breaks off.

This should free the electronic bit, and the glass part should fit right into the black rectangle on the electronic bit. If it won't stay in its place, use the electrical tape to keep it there, like I did.

Now you'll notice the bit that rests on your ear is still attached! No big deal. Just pull it apart at the seams. It shouldn't be that difficult.
Make sure the earpiece is still attached if you want to hear anything.

Step 5: Putting It All Together

Now that you have the viewport disassembled, we can start the fun part, putting it together!

Take the now disassembled optics and find the prime viewing spot for yourself on the glasses. Use electrical tape to secure it there.

Pull the bit with the earphone back to a good spot on the glasses, and tape them down as well.


Step 6: Modifications

Now that it is all hooked up, test it out! See how it works. Make any viewing adjustments you need.

See how you look! You might look good! (I don't)

Make any modifications you need. Have fun!

If you have any trouble, feel free to email me at matter698@gmail.com

Be the First to Share


    • Game Design: Student Design Challenge

      Game Design: Student Design Challenge
    • For the Home Contest

      For the Home Contest
    • Big and Small Contest

      Big and Small Contest



    3 years ago

    Is there a way to directly connect the wires of the Myvu display to an arduino? Thanks


    6 years ago

    Can you use any video glasses ?


    9 years ago

    Try here: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/myvu-video-glasses

    Can you post the link of where you got those myvu glasses? People are having a hard time finding them for a reasonable price.


    9 years ago

    So the basic idea is u have a screen by ur eye and then control with the iPod??


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, that would be the basic Idea.

    Since the cable that connects the Ipod the the pendant is a regular headphone jack, you can get all kinds of things hooked up to the device. I got a headphone jack - to -composite video cable, and hooked up my raspberry pi to the glasses.


    9 years ago

    I found the myvu on eBay. Only one of the screens was working, thus the lowered price.
    The cheapest myvu (in the best condition) can be found on Amazon. (Amber, made for ipod)
    I also got mine around Christmas time, so prices might have been lower.
    So look around on eBay or Amazon. Wait a little if you have to. A good deal will come up eventually.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Where did you find a myvu at that price!??