Posted by: crudbasher | July 18, 2014

13yr Old Creates His Own Google Glass

Heh I love stuff like this.

Thanks to my friend Amy Barnabi!

H/T Makezine

When Clay Haight was 8 years old, his grandfather bought him a book that explained how things were made and how to repair everyday appliances. He caught the bug and has been fascinated with making ever since. He’s tried his hand at electronics, robotics, and other DIY projects, many of which he found in Make: magazine.


Clay’s DIY “Google Glass” uses the sensors on the Arduino Esplora along with the Arduino LCD screen and a 3D printed frame. He can use voice commands to bring up a calendar with his schedule, local maps, and temperature and weather info. A headband on the back keeps it from tilting to one side.

What is happening here is the components are becoming very cheap to make and they can interface with each other via software. The result is what I have been saying for a few years. The Internet is going to empower the creative. This kid can make a difference because not only can he build this, but he can also send the instructions around the world for free.


(so how do you keep this child interested in school when he is forced to learn about things that are on the test?)


  1. Thanks for sharing this little article about Clayton. He’s my son! We had hoped that he would get into a regional program in our city that is Sci/Tech focused. He did not, the competition is rather stiff, however he gets plenty of time at home to work on things like this. He has a work bench in his bedroom and he spends what little spending money he gets on “bits” at an electronics store. At school…well, he’s in pulled out of one class to go and do extra math and science in an enriched program but I’m sure he’d be much happier if he was at the sci/tech school. He’ll apply to a high school level program next year and hopefully he’ll get into that one.

    • Hello Jillian!

      Thank you very much for commenting! I’m the father of a 1 1/2 year old boy myself so I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to encourage a love of learning. Having a workbench in Clayton’s room is fantastic. 🙂

      I am sorry he didn’t get into the tech high school but these days he can learn a huge amount on his own. As you say, perhaps next year he can get in.

      Does he have friends on the Internet with similar interests? Does he know people he can ask when he runs into roadblocks?

      Keep up the good parenting. You have a winner here. 🙂


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