It’s been rather quite since Google initially introduced the Glass Explorers program about a year ago. Today, a new collection of frames was announced which offers Google Glass functionality with prescription glasses. Along with four different styles being available in the so-called Titanium Edition, Google also introduced three styles of shades for the outdoors.
Google Glass finally available for prescription lenses
I’m wearing glasses and I need them to see properly. Of course, there are alternatives available but some of us actually like to wear our seeing-aids. When Google Glass was initially introduced, it was unclear if prescription glasses would be supported or not. And if so, how Google was going to do it. Google finally answered this question by introducing the Google Glass Titanium Collection. As of today, four different styles are available. In addition to the titanium frames, Google also announced three styles of shades.
If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass… well, we’d have a lot of nickels. So we want you to be the first to know that the Titanium Collection is here, with a handful of new styles for Glass so you can make it your own. Whether you wear prescription glasses or just want a new look, we’ve got four feather-light titanium frames designed just for you.
Google Glass Team
Google did a good job to create a variety of classic and modern shapes with Glass integrated. Here’s how they look:
Frames and shades make Glass even more expensive, but less geeky
The frames are available for $225 and shades for $150 each. These costs come in addition to the $1.499 Google charges for Glass. Oh, and if you actually want to use prescription glasses in the frames you also have to pay for them. Glass can be attached to the different frames or shades so you can adjust your Glass depending on the situation. However, with most people willing to pay between $200 to $300 on Glass, Google’s take on wearable technology remains too expensive for most of us.
If you have enough disposable income, you can sign up for the Glass Explorer program. You only need a little bit of luck, a US residency and be at least 18 years old. Unfortunately, there is no information on an international Explorer program or launch available yet.
Although I quite like the new frames, Glass still looks quite nerdy and people wearing it will certainly draw attention. With the Titanium Collection designed by Google, I’m curious how companies like Ray-Ban or Oakley would integrate Glass into their eyeglasses.