Concept

The Google Glass concept is a redesign of the production version of Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The objective of this project was to redesign it in a manner that allows the technology to blend with fashion. This was a rapid modeling and rendering exercise I did over four weeks.

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Introduction

With companies like Apple, Google, Magic Leap and Microsoft pushing the platform forward and making huge leaps in its advancement, AR is on its way to revolutionize the way we view travel, shop and consume media, to name a few of the plethora of possibilities. I believe that AR glasses will replace the traditional cellphone, or at the very least compliment it in our day to day activities. 

With this project, I wanted to design a product that overcomes the stigma associated with head mounted displays by blending technology and fashion which would hopefully result in quicker widespread adoption.

Limitations of Current Generation

After playing around with a pair and reading up on various first hand accounts from people who have extensively used it, I decided to prioritize the following limitations to address.

Imbalanced Weight Distribution

A predominantly single sided design causes it to tip over to one side.

Hard to store

Lack of storage options make it difficult to stow away when not in use.

Limited Battery Capacity

Can't use it for more than three to four hours at a time without a recharge.

Limited frame selection

At the time, there were only four available frames to choose from.

The Concept

The Google Glass concept is a two piece device that snaps onto an existing pair of prescription/non prescription glasses. It is designed to distribute the weight evenly on both sides for a more comfortable fit. 

The design accommodates for easy storage when it is not in use. 

The case charges the device with an integrated battery.

1  Nylon Cord              2  Primary Battery              3  Touchpad              4  Google Assistant              5  Cord Winding              6  Secondary Battery

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The Operation

Flip to open

Slide to attach

Snap to turn it on

Squeeze to release

Click for a better fit

The Interaction

Physical interaction is controlled via tapping, scrolling and swiping on the touchpad. A dedicated Google Assistant button ensures easy access to it at all times. 

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When the case is opened, the user is greeted with the familiar colored dots as seen on the Google Home, immediately followed by an indication of the battery level of the charge carrying case. 

Google Family Compressed

The aesthetic follows Google's brand language, taking visual cues from current generation devices like the Google Home, Pixel Buds and Daydream VR headset. 

The Brand Language

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1. Nylon cord physically connects both modules

2. Snap influenced by Microsoft Arc

3. Color, material and finish invoke familiarity to Google's existing hardware products

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