Google Glass for prescription eyewear seen at I/O

May 18, 2013
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Credit: Engadget

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When Google Glass was first unveiled to the public at Google I/O, the lack of support for prescription eyewear was a notable limitation. 75 percent of American adults use some sort of vision correction, with the majority of them being glasses, and Google obviously had a major market not being catered for.

In March, Google confirmed that there would be a version of Glass that would support prescription eyewear and now we’ve caught a glimpse of the first prototype of Glass out in the wild. Seen roaming around the floors of the Moscone Center in San Francisco was a man wearing a peculiar piece of hardware, mounted on top of prescription glasses. Is this the much vaunted Glass for prescription eyewear?

Google confirmed that this is a prototype of “Glass for glasses” (that’s not a real marketing term, just one that I made up), and uses the same software as the Explorer Edition of Glass, but contains slightly different hardware on the outside.

This new development means Google is closer to building “Glass for glasses”, and we can only hope that this version of Glass will be released in tandem with the commercial release of normal Glass. Still not sure Google Glass is for you? Check out Joshua Vergara’s and Nate Swanner’s hands on with Glass, down below.

Is Google Glass is the future of mobile computing? Are you happy that Google is accomadating people who wear glasses as well?

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