Google Glass Finally Comes Into Focus

Early Glass prototype (Photo: Mashable)

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.

/WTW

4 Responses to Google Glass Finally Comes Into Focus

  1. […] would have been the perfect place for Fitbit to launch something new, as Rochester Optical did (see this write-up), while Neptune Computer also used the event to give the Pine smartwatch its European […]

  2. Deborah B says:

    Great blog and great article ! x

  3. […] Perhaps this is where short- and long-sighted people actually have an advantage, since the range of actual spectacle frames with built-in Glass, although still geeky, are less noticeable, as noted in this earlier post. […]

  4. […] Perhaps this is where short- and long-sighted people actually have an advantage, since the range of actual spectacle frames with built-in Glass, although still geeky, are less noticeable, as noted in this earlier post. […]

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