Among the questions surrounding Google Glass is how it might work for those who currently wear glasses. Switch to contacts? Double up?
Never fear. Google today said its glasses will be available in prescription form.
“The Glass design is modular, so you will be able to add frames and lenses that match your prescription,” the Glass team said in a Google+ post. “We understand how important this is and we’ve been working hard on it.
The post included a photo of Greg Priest-Dorman, a member of the Glass team and an early pioneer in wearable computing, wearing one of the prescription prototypes currently being tested by Google.
“We’re still perfecting the design for prescription frames. Although the frames won’t be ready for the Explorer Edition’s release, hang in there – you can expect to see them later this year,” Google said.
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The Explorer’s Edition is on sale for $1,500, but is only open to a select few individuals chosen by Google. The search giant held a contest, asking people to post a brief message on Twitter or Google+ describing what they would do with Google Glass.
“Thank you so much to everyone who applied to become a Glass Explorer. We have been overwhelmed, entertained and inspired by your responses,” Google said on Feb. 28. “We’ll be notifying successful applicants as soon as we can. If you don’t hear from us, don’t despair! There will be more chances to get Glass at a later date. In the meantime, you can visit google.com/glass to sign up and stay informed about Glass.”
The effort has inspired average Web users and major firms alike to produce Google Glass concept videos; ConAgra and JetBlue are among those who have pondered how Glass might help their customers.
At SXSW this week, meanwhile, Google showed off some of the apps that are expected on Google Glass, from Evernote to the New York Times.