The very, very rich people over at Google have heard our pleas and they have responded.
In a Google+ post from earlier today, the Project Glass team made it clear that Google Glass will be fully compatible with prescription glasses.
“The Glass design is modular, so you will be able to add frames and lenses that match your prescription,” the post states. “We understand how important this is and we’ve been working hard on it. Here’s a picture of Greg Priest-Dorman, a member of the Glass team and an early pioneer in wearable computing, wearing one of the prototypes we’re testing.”
That actually doesn’t look too bad. It’s still cyborgish, but in a way that’s much less frightening than the initial round of Google Glass promo pictures.
Incompatibility with prescription lenses was one of the biggest concerns people had after the first photos of Google’s supposedly revolutionary Glass started making the rounds. Despite the name, Glass doesn’t actually include any lenses; it’s just a horizontal frame that wraps around the head and includes hardware on one side.
The other primary concern voiced by people was that Glass is, well, ugly. Google appears to have heard these complaints, too, and has entered talks with popular online frames retailer Warby Parker to produce Glass glasses (that sounds dumb) that are actually fashionable. It sounds like those won’t be ready until much later this year, however:
“We’re still perfecting the design for prescription frames,” the Google+ post states. “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.”
Those who paid the $1,500 for Explorer Edition Google Glass should expect to see their new toys arriving in the next few months, reportedly. Google has said that it aims to bring Glass to the mass market by the end of 2013.