While still unavailable to the general public, Google Glass releases newer versions of its eyewear to change how the frame of the glasses look and will now offer prescription lenses, but the software and the capabilities of the glasses will not undergo any changes at this time. The glasses, that bring the Internet to its user’s face, will now be more fashionable and accessible to people who already wear eyeglasses.
The technology behind Google Glass is essentially a computer that is available at any time, anywhere. The device is attached to the right side of a pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses, or lensless frames, and wraps around from the front of the right lens, streamlined along the right side ear piece. With projector technology that utilizes the lens as a screen, and voice-activated command response, anyone wearing a pair of the Google Glassware line can take a picture, film a video, ask for directions, view a map, read an email, or answer a question (for example: What is a felling axe?).
For Alex Blaszczuk , the ability to use Google Glass as transformed her life of accident-induced disability. While the redesign of the frames available changes the look of Google Glass, and the addition of prescription lenses adds benefit to those who need glasses to see, Alex is happy that the technology is not changing. Following a car accident, Alex Blaszczuk is bound to a wheelchair. She loves to camp, but has not been able to participate in trips with her friends. Now that she is physically healthy enough to go along on her first camping trip since her accident, Alex is grateful for her Google Glass technology. She feels the eyewear allows her to be more connected to her friends and family, more able to contribute, and more capable in her everyday life. The following video shows how Alex utilized Google Glass on her camping experience.
Steve Lee, the Product Director of Google Glass, believes that in the near future people will view the product as the norm, wondering “why would I want traditional glasses?” that do not show me the route to my next destination or answer questions on weaponry, for example. Like Alex, Google presumes countless real-world uses of Glass.
For now, purchasing the software-enhanced eyewear is reserved for Explorers, a group of testers who paid $1,500 to be some of the first to try out Google Glass. For everyone else, the product will be available in four styles: split, curve, bold, and thin, all constructed from Titanium, for $225 each. The technology will also be available in styles of sunglasses selling for $150 each created by Maui Jim. Google Glass customers may also have access to discounts through Vision Service Provider (VSP) insurance when enrolled in a VSP plan.
Although Google Glass is expanding its product line with changes in the look of frames and with the addition of prescription lenses, its technology does not need to change. Google has not set a release date for sales to the general public, but if a person wants a computer attached to his or her head, Google Glass is the way to go.
By K. Corrine Van Vliet