Arvind Sanjeev has this week unveiled a new project he has been working on which combines a baseball cap and the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC to create a wearable computer system complete with screen.
If you cannot afford to purchase the new range of Google Glass eyewear which is priced at around $1,500 you might be interested in this DIY project which creates an augmented reality and virtual reality headset for less than $80. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Smart Cap project and see it in action.
The system is also equipped with a 2.5 inch LCD display which is best positioned next to the wearer’s left eye and allows you to view the feed from the additional camera and runs a custom voice recognition software to support hands free engagement. Its creator explains :
“Smart cap is a completely open DIY project consisting of a wearable head mounted display. It runs a custom voice recognition software to support hands free engagement. It can be tailored for use in helmets, first person video recording, and can mimic functionalities of a google glass for under 80$.
It aims to intrigue people with the veritable wearable display technology and instructs them in detail about how they could build one of their own. In this system , in order to cope with the “Least distance of distinct vision” , which is about 15-25 cm , I have used an aspheric loupe magnifier lens having 5X magnification.
This makes it possible for me to see the screen impeccably at about 5-6 cm from my eye. The display is also completely enclosed and insulated from outside light. The next part of the system is a normal USB webcam which was cannibalized to take only the camera and the microphone.”