Google Glass Finally Comes Into Focus
Love it or hate it (and it’s a product that most people have an opinion about), you will have noticed a major flaw so far with Google Glass: if you think it looks a bit goofy by itself, that’s nothing to how it looks when worn together with prescription glasses.
“It’s a First World problem!” you cry. “Get some contact lenses and get with the program.”
Well, if only it was that easy – I’ve only just broken in some super new progressive lenses. Also, this is not a debate about whether glasses, contact lenses or corrective laser surgery are better, it’s about the user experience for this very noticeable type of wearable technology.
Today, Google itself announced that Glass will now be available with prescription lenses. And from what I’ve seen in the UK’s fashion-obsessed Daily Mail, the frames even look like they’ve been designed by coders.
At the same time, at the Wearable Technologies Europe Conference in Munich, Germany, Rochester Optical had samples of its new range of prescription frames incorporating Glass (mainly attached to the head of company rep @TimMoore).
Here’s an action replay of the moment itself, with Tim on stage to make the announcement, and my enthusiastic response. Now it’s just a case of waiting for Glass 2.0. Today, the availability of Glass is still limited to the Glass Explorer Program, which also requires being a US resident and joining a waiting list.