Swedish geek wants to be a cyborg

Swedish geek extraordinaire Martin Magnusson has designed a rather fashionable wearable computer for aspiring cyborgs.

The system – in its current iteration – comprises a pair of Myvu Crystal video glasses hacked into a monocular head-mounted display, along with a Beagleboard single-board computer running (what else?) Angstrom Linux.

Additional components include:

Plexgear mini USB hub driving a bluetooth adapter and powering the Beagleboard/display.
  • Four 2700 mAh AA batteries powering the USB hub.
  • A foldable Nokia SU-8W bluetooth keyboard for input.
  • Internet connectivity enabled via bluetooth tethering to an iPhone.

“I bought a cheap CD case, ripped out the interior CD pockets and glued Velcro straps on the interior surface. Adhesive Velcro on the back side of the gadgets make for a configurable layout,” Magnusson explained in a blog post.

“The case conveniently opens like a book for easy access to the components. Zipped close it becomes a compact bag that protects the interior.”

Magnusson also noted that he had attempted to attach each component to a leather shoulder belt using velcro, which was a potentially “practical” – but not “subtle” – solution.