It’s safe to say that the Raspberry Pi is a flexible little device. Whether you are downloading Raspberry Pi Model A+ or B+, Raspberry Pi 2 or even Raspberry Pi Zero (or a combination of several), there’s a good chance you’ve spent a few hours learning how to use computers in a few new ways, picking up new skills along the way.

You may have made an old printer wireless. film studio «». or even a file server .

But did you ever think put on Raspberry Pi? Well no, of course not. After all, you’re perfectly normal.

Just in case you think tying a credit card-sized circuit board to your hand (pun intended) is an exciting prospect, you’ll be pleased to know that various Pi-based wearable designs await your attention and interpretation. Let’s take a look at 3 Raspberry Pi wearable projects (that can run on a portable battery).

Raspberry Pi Is Google Glass

Perhaps the most famous wearable is Google Glass, a privacy-invading prototype and later released limited version of an augmented reality headset. Indeed, Google Glass could be called notorious, such was the reaction to it, from a professor who was attacked by employees of a fast food restaurant, to modern-day Luddites in San Francisco.

But none of these things have stopped DIY developers from trying to build their own Google Glass, usually choosing the Raspberry Pi as the brain of the device.

In this example, the builder used a 3D Raspberry Pi case with a belt clip and loaded an Altoids tin with batteries and a power switch. Unfortunately, it uses video glasses, which means walking around and using the device’s display at the same time isn’t practical, but it’s a step in the right direction.

You may also be interested in this more streamlined version that also uses 3D printing case and video glasses, but the execution is much more elegant.

raspberry bike

There’s no way in the world you could cram a Raspberry Pi into a fitness band, but that doesn’t mean a compact computer can’t be used to track your outdoor activities. In this video you can see how the Pi paired with the Kindle e-reader are used to convey speed and distance to the cyclist.

Of particular note is how the display is read while cycling. This is partly due to the size, but also because the Kindle’s display uses e-ink, and therefore reads well even in the sun.

It is definitely more readable than a smartphone!

This is not a smart watch

The Raspberry Pi is definitely too bulky for a smartwatch, right? Well, it depends on how you look at things. After all, the Apple Watch highly dependent on the iPhone associated with it. The only difference is that the two devices are not connected together.

After a lot of 2014 smartwatch fuss, Pi developer Alex Ames put this together:

The idea is supposed to have been spoofed and some thought the idea had potential, though not in a demonstrated form. 3D printed cases followed, followed by a Raspberry Pis strapped around the planet.

It seems that, as silly as it sounds, the idea inspired, for example, this example, a small LCD display the size of a smartwatch showing the time, powered by a Raspberry Pi B+

It’s clearly a Raspberry Pi toe that’s coming soon, anyway…

Bonus: Playboy Industrialists Take Note

While the Raspberry Pi isn’t the focus of this next video, it is the main element of this Iron Man suit (and let’s face it, it had a few) that — surprisingly — is built mostly from a card.

The Raspberry Pi is at the center of a lot of activity here, the most notable of which are the MP3s that play when the action occurs (like Jarvis’ voice or to light up hand illusions). While this may be a cosplayer’s dream, it’s also an extremely imaginative use of the Pi as part of a larger wearable project.

This might be a very ambitious build, but where would we be without a goal?

Are you planning to try any of these Raspberry Pi wearable projects? Perhaps you already have one? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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