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January 28, 2014

Glass Gets Stylish, Prescriptions Now Available

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Glass split frames

Glass split frames

Google has listened to the masses.

The company has released prescription Glass, the most requested feature since the test launch of the computerized spectacles last year.

“If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass… well, we’d have a lot of nickels,” reads a Google+ post.

“If you need prescription lenses and have vision insurance (such as VSP), your policy might even help cover your new frames.”

Glass thin frames

Glass thin frames

Prescription frames for Glass come with a $225 pricetag and that is on top of the $1,500 entry fee to the Explorer program, Google’s group of early testers.

The Explorer program is a bid to get feedback about the futuristic, titanium-framed spectacles while they are still in development.

Glass is also getting a little more stylish.

“We want you to be the first to know that the Titanium Collection is here, with a handful of new styles for Glass so you can make it your own,” the post reads.

Glass classic shades

Glass classic shades

“Whether you wear prescription glasses or just want a new look, we’ve got four feather-light titanium frames designed just for you.”

The four new titanium frame styles added to the Glass lineup are: Bold, Curve, Thin, and Split. The two tinted shade styles are Classic and Edge and cost $150.

Google officially unveiled the glasses during its I/O conference in the summer of 2012. At that time, the headset, which was controlled by head movements, had video and audio capability and a built-in compass and accelerometer. There have been many additions and improvements to the device since then.

Glass is expected to hit the market in late 2014.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.