If you think Google Glass looks a
little weird now, take a look at how
it got its start.
During a Fireside chat at Google I/
O Thursday Senior Industrial
Designer at Google on the Glass
team Isabelle Olsson showed off
how Glass looked originally: a
scuba mask with a computer board
attached to it.
She also spoke about the
development process for Glass, and
what went in to creating the model
that we’re seeing on the street
“We took a reductionist approach.
We removed everything that wasn’t
absolutely essential,” says Olsson.
That meant taking a lot away from
that original clunky prototype.
“We are obsessed with weight. If
it's not light, you’re not going to
want to wear it for more than 10
Olson says lightness is very
important in Glass’ design —
visually as well as physically. Most
of the electronics for Glass are
actually hidden behind your ear, so
it’s not intruding on your face.
“We made Glass modular,” she
says. "What this means you can
remove the frame from the main
board." The colored portion of
Glass can be unscrewed from the
frame, and then placed on another
Olson offered this example: a
Google prototype of Glass on
The prescription frames are only
the beginning of the possibilities,
she said: “We’re excited about
Glass as a hardware platform and a
software platform as well.”