If Google sticks to its word, Glass will be out by the end of the year for "less than $1,500." But why burn a hole in your wallet or wait months on end when you can hack together your own pair of Glass-like eyewear in three hours* for under $300?
This DIY Google Glass won't be quite as sleek as Google's wearable computer, but at least it'll be cheap. Instructables user "XenonJohn" has put together a handy guide on how to scrape together your own "Beady-i" for iOS using just a few gadgets that can be purchased on eBay.
For the project, you'll need a pair of MyVu Crystal video glasses, a basic gaming headset, a Dremel, epoxy glue (or a glue gun), and a very small nut and bolt. Oh, and an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch).
As a crude DIY Google Glass, XenonJohn's hack isn't wireless and doesn't have a camera, but is still a fairly decent approximation. The MyVu basically mirrors your iOS device's display with limited voice command input via the gaming headset's mic. XenonJohn says it's good enough for watching entire movies on the go.
XenonJohn also says the Beady-i doesn't obstruct the wearer's entire eye (despite what the photo below shows). There's apparently enough space for a person to glance above and below the eye display. That's good to hear, but you'd still be short one full eye for looking forward.
Interested DIY-ers can find the full step-by-step guide over on Instructables.
*Actual hacking time may vary depending on the DIY-ers level of experience.