Google Glass is the latest in hot tech trends that will get you beaten up by France. But what actually goes into this particular gadget? According to Star Simpson, a lot less than you might think.
Simpson, a teardown expert, actually has a lot of detail about picking up the device, the goodies that it comes with, and even gives a nice overview of what it’s actually like as a tool.
But the real nitty-gritty, of course, comes in ripping the thing apart. Most surprisingly, though, was that there was very little actual “ripping” involved. Although the casing was obviously damaged a little bit by the time that they were done, they actually managed to reassemble Glass and have the unit still work perfectly.
Among the surprising points:
- It doesn’t work great with prescription lenses, as the lenses tend to confuse some of Glass’s sensors. But, rather tellingly, you can detach the pod, bolt it to your glasses, and it will actually work.
- Google, being run by nerds, hid a meme joke in the circuits for the nerds they knew were going to tear it apart: Simpson found >9K! on the main CPU.
- Despite that, Google didn’t really design this thing to be taken apart: Plastic needed to be stripped from multiple points in the teardown to get at specific items.
- The battery is not even remotely user-replaceable, which is really, really annoying.
In short, Glass is not easy to take apart, but you can do it if you absolutely have to. Also, even though Google seems to have a questionable grasp on social graces by introducing a product that essentially shoves a camera in people’s faces whenever you look at them, Glass is still a small marvel of technological innovation and design.
It will still get you beaten up in France, though.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.