Mass Appeal: Google Glass Adds Prescription Lenses, Fashion Designer Frames, and Sunglasses

by Knowlton Thomas

Google understands that if its cutting-edge Glass technology wants to have any hope of reaching the mainstream, it can't make people look like hardcore tech geeks. It also needs to be as practical as possible.

This is why the software giant is introducing three new types of Glass models: ones with prescription lenses, ones with fashion designer frames, and sunglasses.



The designer frames range from the hipster to the classic, while the sunglass options range from the trendy to the sporty; all in all, it's a solid lineup of options that—aside of the still-very-obvious Google technlogy integration—makes Glass look almost normal and non-cyborgish.

Google Glass is still running tests in limited-quantity pilots but the Silicon Valley company expects to launch it widely later this year.

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Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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