A few months back I started hearing people who had google glass complaining about a few problems.
The provided case that comes with glass does not accommodate the design very well. The prism might be covered but it isn't very well protected. The temple part of glass might be covered but it does not protect glass from snapping in two. So we thought how could we make a case that you can carry around easily and store glass safely.
3. Google glass can only be held delicately and/or awkwardly in your hand. (Credit to digitalspys.com google glass review)
An actual Case:
We knew that we wanted to cover the prism, temple, and a way to carry it comfortably. Unfortunately we knew there was one thing we couldn't cover, the titanium band. Since the titanium band is the most durable part we took a risk by leaving it exposed.
Through our testing of this case we have found it makes it very easy to store glass for the times when it might not be appropriate or when you'd rather store or carry it inside a jacket, pocket, or bag.
Its about the size of a regular glasses case but includes a groove in the top part of the case to accommodate the band exiting the case. As a result of this design you can now carry it comfortably in your hand and prevent stress on the most expensive part.
No kickstarter is complete without the prototype stage!
First we sketched out an idea of what we wanted to create. Some kind of a box that encased glass.
We felt then we should see how it might feel to have glass in a case that is covered on one side. So with a little model magic we had some fun!
We found that the model magic was big and bulky but we liked the idea of enclosing glass on one side and played with the titanium band that was exposed, and found it to be more resilient then the temple part.
We started building a foam model but...
Feeling like we should jump into the 3D world and skip the foam mess for now we started building our model based on a digitized model of google glass and a our own google glass. This became a critical point where we could see exactly how a finished case would accommodate glass.
We then took our idea and modeled it in a 3D CAD modeling program called Solidworks where we modeled the top, the bottom and the hinge to be placed in the case.
We also needed to model the hinge piece which we had salvaged from a sunglasses case
After creating a 3D CAD model in SolidWorks we sent our model off to shapeways to be fabricated in a Nylon material. After receiving the model a couple weeks later we cleaned up the parts to fit the screws, nuts, and hinge. After adding the foam it was ready for glass. Placing glass inside this case made it feel like it had a new home!
Once we are funded we will begin making our latest revisions to the prototype to fully accommodate the latest version of Google Glass Version 2.
After we have our prototype and CAD Model modifications finalized we will finalize the order and send to our vendor in Rochester, who will manufacture the cases out of sturdy ABS Plastic. We will then place our order for hinges.
Once we have picked up our parts locally we will evaluate them for their quality and begin our assembly and start filling reward orders!
We will be assembling and manufacuring Case4Glass in the USA in Rochester, NY
I have made hundreds of concepts and prototypes over the past 25 years and have the opportunity to create and manufacture hundreds of products to be sold directly to customers, and brought trade shows. Some of my customers have included: Fisher-Price, Kodak, Xerox, LeapFrog, Matel, Hasbro, and many other well known brands.
Thank you for your support on this project and we hope to create a fantastic accessory for this new technology.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk in the project is whether or not Google will stay with the same design for the final product version of Glass. We are also concerned with how the case will accomodate the rumored prescription frames once they become public. In the meantime, we will design to accommodate the latest version of Google Glass Version 2.
When getting the ABS molds created and ordering the hinges we hopefully will not suffer from delays with our vendors.
Assuming that the design changes are not too significant to Google glass we will make the case more widely available to people once we have finished and finalized our product.
Currently we are only opening the backing to US backers since the Google Glass Explorer program is only open to US residents. If and when the Glass Explorer program is opened to the rest of the world we would like to open backing by international Glass Users.
We are still evaluating our current design and we have a few ideas on how to tackle the concern of the nose pieces moving. We will share with our backers and gather feedback throughout the development process.
Currently in our design there is enough space for the earbuds to be placed when the case is closed. As with all kickstarters our current design is not the final design. Our case will evolve overtime and we will strive to make the best case for google glass as possible.