The excitement for Google’s Project Glass has been lukewarm at best, but apparently there are at least a few technophiles out there excited for the technology. Like Gregory McRoberts, who apparently couldn’t wait for Google to finish its augmented reality-enhanced specs, so he designed his own that’s worn like an eyepatch instead.
It makes the wearer look like a cross between a pirate and a cyborg—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing—but Gregory actually designed his eyepatch as a sort of hearing aid for the visually impaired. Instead of using an LCD display to show information like incoming emails or directions, the patch uses a simple set of glowing LEDs to translate temperature and distance information to the wearer.
A blue LED that can shift to red indicates if an object or a room is above or below 80 degrees fahrenheit, while a flashing green LED strobes faster and slower when an object gets closer or farther away. It’s crude, at least compared to Google’s efforts, but like a hearing aid it’s only designed to enhance a diminished sense, not completely replace it. And it just could be the most technologically advanced way to walk to plank, you scurvy dog.