About this project
GlassKap provides super snappy plastic life hacks for Google Glass that make certain you and your new face-technology avoid bullying from everyone who didn’t grow up watching Star Trek: TNG.
What is GlassKap?
GlassKap is a plastic, perfectly formed lens cover for Google Glass. GlassKap provides a visual cue to your friends and those around you that you are neither recording them nor snapping pictures with the blink of an eye. The Kaps come in vibrant, noticeable colors that put people at ease. While the Kap is snapped, no recording can happen.
Yeah, Sure, But What’s Google Glass?
OK Glass! Make my life awesome.
It may be that simple, if you’re Sergey Brin. But for the rest of us bold enough to explore the world through Google’s new lens, there will be some growing pains to endure. Glass will introduce the world to face-mounted computers that message, check weather, route new locations, suggest the hippest food trucks within walking distance and, yes, take pictures and videos. How is this different from the smartphone collecting lint in your pocket?
Glass is wearable, hands-free technology that will, like it or not, revolutionize the way we see and use mobile devices. Beta-testing reviewers like me, also known as Glass Explorers, have discussed everything from Glass’s cost to the possibility of eye strain; yet the key, recurring issue, identified by myriad tech and Internet resources from Wired to the Chive, remains privacy. Because I’m a maker and because I embrace the boundless opportunities and applications Glass brings to the world, I developed GlassKap -- simple devices that will help Glass go from its small steps to potential giant leaps, or at least prevent you from getting slapped in the bathroom.
The Tumbler? Oh, You Wouldn’t Be Interested In That.
Much like Bruce Wayne’s favorite toy, GlassKap comes in black. It also also comes in red, blue, and white.
But why stop there? If anticipating Google Glass has taught us anything, it’s that people have bold aspirations when it comes to tricking out their tech. My original goal was to engineer a lens cover, one that would be easy to use and assuage privacy concerns. Once I began, ideas flowed like Klingon Blood Wine. Below are some other devices that will help you get the most out of your fancy tech specs.
- Live, From New York! -- If GlassKap lets you perform your own version of Eyes Wide Shut, the On-Air Sign will open up those eyes like an antihero on Lost. Snap on On-Air and let the world know that you’re ready for its close up.
- Wearable Planter -- Al Gore endorses this one! Keep your Glass green and let the fresh air breathe around you with your very own Wearable Planter. This device allows you to wear your favorite plant smack dab on your temple. Personally, I’m a fan of Colleen Jordan’s wearable planters, and I thought it would be great to include them as an accessory. Thanks, Colleen, for your collaboration!
- Pencil Holder -- If you’re anything like me, ideas pop up within nanoseconds and often you’re left wondering, “Where’s that darn pencil?” Avoid patting your pockets and searching for a writing tool to no avail with the Pencil Holder. Your pencil is always within a finger’s reach, and this handy application also solves the issue of Glass’ arms taking up valuable lobe real estate. It would probably hold a cigarette too but remember kids; smoking isn't cool, no matter what your parents told you.
- Glass Display Shield -- Ah, the great outdoors. Unfortunately Glass does not share your enthusiasm. Glass usually remains vivid and visible outdoors, but on days lauded by the opening lines of the Sesame Street theme, your display will be chased away faster than the clouds. Display Shield helps Glass shine on the sunniest days and also shields your own privacy since anyone can see your Glass screen from the front. This is especially useful when trying to record video from inside your 501st Legion Stormtrooper armor. I found that the light bounces off the inside of the helmet and reflects back into the lens. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
- The Two-Way Privacy Shield -- A combination of the Display Shield and the original GlassKap. This device allows the wearer to see their screen in bright environments and block video and photography. The best of both worlds, this time with more Borg.
- The Optigrab -- St. Louis? No, Navin Johnson. We are proud to announce our (fictional) collaboration to bring you a handle attachment for Glass. A great gimmick for Steve Martin fans. And if they make fun of you, just tell them that you’re going away and that you don’t need any of this, or this. Just this ashtray ... and this paddle game. Maybe a GlassKap. That’s really all you need.
- Pew! Pew! -- This handy targeting scope will let you cover Red Three better than Jek Porkins ever did, may he rest in intergalactic peace. Put your friends in your very own photographic crosshairs when they make bad decisions or bust out the sexy mouse costume for Halloween. Also good for, you know, friendly photos.
- The Screen Protector -- How far we’ve come from flying toasters and desktop-destroying dogs. Worry not about damaging your Glass display. With this product, you can slide a half an inch of protection right on your display and prevent annoying scratches.
How Are They Made?
GlassKap and all related devices are made of nylon. They are 3D printed using a EOS laser sintering machine. After the parts are printed, they are tumbled, dyed and shipped right to your home or office.
I Don’t Have Glass and I Have No Intention on Shelling Out for One. Why Should I Contribute to This Campaign?
I work and make for the people -- people like you! Inevitably, you are going to encounter someone wearing Google Glass. Help them prevent troll behavior by giving them a GlassKap or one of my other thrilling devices.
Yeah, yeah ... I got it! But what’s in it for me?
If you back this campaign at the GlassPack reward tier, I will ship you a three-pack of red dyed GlassKaps for you to share with intrepid wearers looking to capture marble busts of Marcus Aurelius like I did last week. With your super pack of GlassKaps, you can ask users to cover up and “Glass with class.”
Consent is Sexy
I also am offering t-shirts that say “not ok, glass” so you can perform your own version of Gandalf’s rebuke at the Bridge of Khazad-dum to uncouth Glass users.
Keep Calm T-Shirt:
Check out this sweet t-shirt!
No, the t-shirts are not 3d printed. They'll be screen printed, high quality American Apparel, made in the USA and sweatshop free.
As a designer and engineer, I am immoderately proud of GlassKap and all the devices this creation inspired. I also am grateful for the support and encouragement of everyone who helped turn this project into reality. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Annelise Jeske for her excellent videography work and to Nicholas Almanza (@njalmanza) for helping with all of the awesome words on this page. Also thanks to the folks at 23 Ideas for loaning me their Glass device at Noisebridge so I could take initial measurements and hash out some concepts. Noisebrdge, you provided an exceptional workshop for my ideas, and I appreciate it greatly. Thanks also to the Baltimore Node Hackerspace members who gave feedback on the designs, to my friends at Kickstarter, Make, Adafruit, ShapeShot, Autodesk, Shapeways and MakerBot and to everyone else who helped me get to where I am today.
Risks and challenges
I'm Todd Blatt from Custom 3D Stuff and I've made a bunch of hardware accessories for Google Glass. I picked up my Google Glass the beginning of June at the Chelsea Market offices of Google in Manhattan. I am part of the Glass Explorers program which is a group of 10,000 people who gets early access to Glass. The first 2000 people who got Glass pre-ordered them in 2012 at the Google I/O conference. The next 8,000 people are winners of the #IfIHadGlass contest where back in February, anyone had the opportunity to send a tweet or google+ post saying what they'd do if they had Glass. Glass isn't yet available to the consumers and was originally planned for a 2014 release, but now Google has said that they are targeting a late 2013 release date. I'm not sure if the consumer version will be physically any different than the explorer edition, but if so, I will develop all of the GlassKap accessories so that they fit the new version as well.
I've been 3d designing since 1997, saw my first 3d printer in action in 2000 and have been 3d printing myself since 2005. I'm a member of the Baltimore Node Hackerspace and often spend time at NYC Resistor. I've done dozens of projects in the past which involved fulfilling 3d printed orders. I have prototyped hundreds of designs and have made thousands of prints using Shapeways where I maintain a shop, and at MakerBot, class of 2012.
From previous experience I know that almost everything I order through Shapeways gets delivered on time, but there are some hangups on occasion when using any 3d printing service. I do not anticipate any delays, and most of the hardware accessories have been printed and tested. I do have some tweaks that I need to make on some of the pieces to get them to fit better, but I don't foresee that taking much longer. I am planning for the tweaks to be done before the campaign ends, and have things ready to go.
The lead time for Shapeways 3d printed color parts is about 3 weeks, including shipping time. I'll be able to fulfill the rewards by using their print-on-demand and shipping service. I have run successful projects on other sites in the past and have delivered things as promised. Thank you all for your confidence in me and for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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