Google Glass now supports prescription lenses, add-on costs $225

By on January 28, 2014, 10:30 AM
google, glass, headset, prescription, frame

Today, Google has finally answered the calls of those who require prescription eyewear to see, launching a new add-on for Google Glass that allows corrective lenses to be used with the high-tech eyepiece. The four frames are available now for $225 a pop, which brings the total cost of the eyewear up to $1724 after factoring in the Glass hardware itself.

Known as the "Titanium collection" after the metal each frame is constructed from, the four frame styles were designed in-house by Google, and have the necessary shape and screw hole for mounting Glass. They're just frames though: if you require corrective lenses, you'll need to get those produced by your local optometrist, likely for an additional cost.

The choice of only four frames for Glass may seem restrictive, but Glass lead designer Isabelle Olsson assured The Verge that the slate-colored design - plus your choice of accent color to match the color of your Glass unit - suits the hardware quite well. Unfortunately the frames haven't been designed to work without Glass attached, so any buyers will probably still need to have a traditional pair of glasses on hand for when Glass runs out of battery.

Now Glass is suited to a much wider range of people, Google is planning on expanding the Explorer program so more people can get the opportunity to try out the product. Titanium collection Glass frames should be available sometime today, so check back on the Glass Google+ page later for a full announcement and purchase link.

User Comments: 12

Got something to say? Post a comment
GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Cool, im glad they are adding things like that to the glass lineup to expand its uses and user base. I still however wish these would get out of the "Developer" stage and move to the mainstream market so we could get them for a reasonable price.

I want to see these in the near future in a full release.

Guest said:

Ooh! I'd love to spend an extra $225 to get monitored by the NSA 24/7

Raoul Duke Raoul Duke said:

All I need, something that obstructs a very major portion of my right eyes vision

MilwaukeeMike said:

I think attaching it to a pair of glasses is a great way to help disguise it. With any luck some people won't notice it and realize what a fool you look like.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Ooh! I'd love to spend an extra $225 to get monitored by the NSA 24/7
Dude you are getting ripped off, you get that for free whether you want it or not.

Gaara Gaara said:

Cool so I can go to the Movie with any problem and if there is any problem I will sue the movie theater

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Worse marketing photo ever, makes me want to slap that silly thing off that womens face. And you'd still need a second pair of glasses for driving your car, so people with subscriptions get double screwed, go Google glass!

Guest said:

Despite my tinfoil hat I would actually like the product if it didn't look so ridiculous. Of course even if it looked good, I wouldn't use it. :x

Offtopic: Everytime I post I have to answer a question to prove I'm human. Once in a while this question comes up: "What's the latest major version of the Windows OS?"

I always think Windows 7, then I remember the monotonicity that is Windows 8. :p

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Despite my tinfoil hat I would actually like the product if it didn't look so ridiculous.
Tell me how exactly someone is to wear a computing device on the side of their head, without it looking as you say ridiculous?

I think I would rather have Google Glass despite my hatred for Google, than continuously hold a smart phone. To me holding a phone in your hand all day is just as silly as wearing it on your glasses. The only question is if you are willing to do one or the other.

Guest said:

I don't see any reason to say that it looks stupid. How about those who wear headphones and bluetooth in public places.. do they look smart?

Guest said:

Oh boy this nonsense is just getting out of hand. Maybe just duct tape one of those rubbish tablets to your face or something.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

On top of the.. what $1500 price tag, what a bargan! sheesh...

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.