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I have to admit that when Google first unveiled its Glass wearable computer, I couldn't get past how dorky it looked. I couldn't see — no pun intended — how anyone would want to walk around and interact with others while they had a strange contraption attached to their heads.
But then, after a few days and a couple of beers, it dawned on me that Google Glass is just the latest in a long line of "things" that we've attached to out heads. Glasses, sunglasses, goggles, headphones, Bluetooth headsets, and more besides.
Attaching strange things to our heads is not a new concept.
That said, I still think Google Glass looks odd. Maybe it's because it has a sterile look, or maybe because it tries too hard to be invisible. While you might not draw attention to yourself wearing Glass in Silicon Valley, there aren't many other places on Earth where I feel that wearing a pair isn't going to cause people's heads to spin around so fast that they'd be at risk of snapping their own necks.
Nickolay Lamm and Mark Pearson, both of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, have risen to the challenge of making Google Glass looks look a little more acceptable. To do this, Lamm and Pearson took two different approaches.
(Image: Lamm and Pearson)
Approach 1: Make Glass less visible
The first approach that the duo took to making Google Glass look less dorky was to make it smaller and less obtrusive.
In order to achieve this, Lamm and Pearson took the frame of the existing Google Glass concept and moved it to the back of the head. By doing this, the frame, along with the bulky hardware, is not visible on the face. This basically leaves a tiny lens sitting in front of the wearer's eye.