Hacking isn't what I do, it's who I am, and when you get to be honest about who and what you are, you can really get into the business of making really interesting things.
I've been in Sweden for a few weeks doing what I think I do best, sharing my passion for building things in a land of people who are good at it. It's a wonderful dynamic really, Sweden is an amazing country filled with really well educated people and their focus on the continuous development of their people is commendable. Especially to an American.
I've spent the last few days hacking in makerspaces here in the country, for the uninitiated, a makerspace is where geeks get together and build interesting things. This is a paradise for someone like me, someone who rarely understands constraints and someone who can actually turn my ideas into real things.
So we decided that the google glass needed to be much more usable to people who have glasses. So we fixed that.
By we, I mean I got some help from an amazing maker (@kristofffffer) Kristoffer Engdal a brilliant hacker, designer, and maker who works with one of the inventors of the Arudino.
The plan was to make a custom receiver for a normal pair of glasses. That was the plan at least.
But it didn't start off like that, no infact, I didn't go there with the intention to do any Glass hacking at all, but instead to use the lasercutter in their facility to make an etching on something. But when I got there I noticed that they were 3D printing parts for a class that they are running on building actual 3D printers.
I just setup my notebook and went to pecking on some other problem I was working on, Kristoffer looked over at my screen and saw that I was doing some engineering and then asked if I could help him with something that was bugging him.
NATURALLY! I love helping!
So his problem was one where he needed to change a 3D design of a printer extruder to make it more failsafe, we walked through the OpenSCAD code and made the right modifications, with a favor banked, I went back to what I was doing.
I had no Idea that I would be able to call it in and get so much further with it than I'd planned.
What we did next was awesome, over the course of the next hour or so, we made 2 prints of actual parts that allow a normal pair of glasses to be used with google glass!
Here's what the finals look like! (it's a gallery, so just click on the left and right below)