Google Glass, Another Vision

My alternate vision of smart eyewear before Google Glass. A few weeks ago The Verge got a hands on preview of what the first shipping version of Google Glass actually looks like -- the shocking bit is that it doesn't really look like a pair of eye glasses.

(I really recommend checking out the video that's part of The Verge's website, Glass seems to work just like promised.)

Another shocker is that this first version does not support corrective lenses. If you wear glasses already, you can't use Google's eyeglasses at the moment.

Wearable computers and eyeglasses that enhance your perception of the world around you are not Google's invention, nor are they a new idea. Wearable devices have been the next thing for years, but it looks like finally the idea and technology will converge with the present. There are a few smart watches in the market right now, and the rumor mill is going being stirred up into a frenzy about Apple having a pseudo wristwatch device in the works. Between Apple's probably entry (whatever it might be) and Google Glass, 2013 is for sure when wearable devices go mainstream.

A few years ago I was inspired by Wired Magazine's excellent feature, FOUND: Artifacts from the Future, that at the back of each issue prints a photoillustration of a futurist product in an every day setting. The very first idea I wanted to tackle was (of course) smart eye glasses. Apparently the Google's designers were not as bound by the convention of traditional eyewear.

If Your Camera Falls, You're Going to Have a Bad Time. . .

Years ago I found some advice online about attaching a strap to a camera that makes it virtually impossible for the strap to come off, I have been attaching my camera straps this way for at least six years and I wouldn't dream of doing it any different. I had to reattach a strap to one of my cameras because Canon repair prefers if you remove any accessories when you send gear in for repair, and I figured it was a good time to share this technique. I prefer the Domke Gripper strap because they are small, grippy, don't get tangled, and have a simple design. This technique should work with any strap that has an adjustable plastic buckle.

Domke strap attached with the "never fail" technique.

First unravel the end of the strap. The Domke straps have two rubbery keeper loops and an adjustable plastic buckle.

Pass the end of the strap through your camera's eyelet, then through the keeper loop.

Then pass the end of the strap through the buckle as normal.

Next the end of the strap can (optionally) go through the keeper loop on the inside of the strap.

In the next step we thread the strap end back through both parts of the buckle. This is what secures the strap and keeps it from working itself loose.

Next is what I consider to be double insurance. It's a bit tricky, but if you hold down the end of the strap with your thumb, you should be able to force the rubber keeper loop toward the buckle and over the strap end.

Et voilà! This strap will not work itself loose.