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?

Comments

  • Keith Villalobos

    I can just see it now,legions of tech Geek Idiots walking the streets with an I Phone in one hand and these expensive hyped glasses on and completely removed from reality just before there killed walking the streets or hit by a train.O ya driving a car texting on there stupid phone with these glasses on.A stupid way to die,Are you the next Fool?

    • Ivan Myring

      You think someone with these would have an iPhone?

      • John Markton Olarte

        YEAH NO ONE

    • GG

      Wow, u just won a price for being lost.

      When everyone else are idiots and fools it’s over due time to have a long hard look in the mirror.

  • Mark Hopkins

    Google told me that we shouldn’t expect these available to the public any time soon.

    Specifically, they said “your decision to get contacts instead of waiting for prescription compatible Glass was a wise one.”

    Also, that guy in the picture was wearing a suit that looked like Google Maps on the first day. Much cooler than the pictured suit.

    • GG

      Contacts Lenses are probably the best way for nearsighted, and prescription Glass will not be suitable for those using only reading glasses, so that leaves only those using eyeglass with progressive lenses, and problem for many will be that they have to remove the Google Glass in certain places, like that Seattle bar and a few million stores and offices who will soon implement a GG ban, leaving them visually impaired while inside the premises.