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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories 50

Posted by Soulskill
from the we'll-let-you-know-what-you-can't-do-after-you've-done-it dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google remains tight-lipped about its roadmap for Google Glass, and its population of early-adopter 'Explorers' remains small. Nonetheless, a growing collection of engineers, designers, and artists are creating their own accessories and add-ons for Glass — some of them useful, others totally whimsical. For example, there's Brooklyn designer Todd Blatt, who's relying on a 3D printer to churn out Glass accessories such as tiny flower-pots and pencil holders (not so useful) as well as a plastic camera cover (useful, at least for anyone in the vicinity who likes their privacy). Small firms such as GPOP and Remotte are likewise exploring how to best skin, dangle, screw, and attach hardware to Glass that makes it operate in whole new ways. (The avenues for exploration have opened up with the second generation of Google Glass, which includes a small screw in the right arm that can double as a mounting point for new tech.) Google seems to have no choice but to let this growing ecosystem thrive, even if some of the modifications (such as camera covers) don't necessarily suit its interests. But will the company actually say something about it?"
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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories

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  • by Forbo (3035827) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @07:01PM (#46095557)
    They're crowdsourcing the R&D of accessories. Why pay for it when you have hundreds of devoted followers who will do it for you?
  • Re:Rule 34 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by foobar bazbot (3352433) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @07:31PM (#46095779)

    My question is what does Google, in the current form, expect the glasses to be used for. In the current incarnation, it is the equivalent of wearing mirrors on the top of your shoes.

    While I get the connection to Rule 34, I'm pretty sure Google Glass in its current form doesn't help you catch glimpses up strangers' skirts.

  • by mcgrew (92797) * on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @01:55PM (#46101655) Homepage Journal

    I long for the days when technology was driven by real needs, and not just by pointless hipster desires. Earlier advances brought us some real gains. I remember when the PC first came out. They allowed for a lot of tedious work to be done much more efficiently. They allowed us to do marvelous things that we couldn't do before. That type of practical technology is on its way out these days. Now all we get are hipster-driven shitfests.

    Whoever said "youth is wasted on the young" was absolutely right. Those days are still here, kid! If you had been alive in the 1970s you would have said the same thing about Pong and Space Invaders, while Wozniac and others were developing PCs. Some incredibly useful things that have come along in the last two decades: cell phones, digital HD flat screen TVs, feature phones (more useful than cells), CrystaLens eye implants, cochlear ear implants, hand transplants, tablets (believe it or not, these are used in industry), cars that park themselves... hell, kid, what the fuck do you want, a new miracle every damned week?

    Off your lawn, my ass...

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