Google Glass is still relatively new, but there are already plans for it to get prescription lenses. The tech giant explained that this has been the feature most people want to see added.
At the moment, Google Glass only comes in plain lenses, designed to see the projections. Users who have less-than-perfect eyesight either have the choice of wearing contact lenses with the device or not being able to see clearly, as it is near impossible to fit the device over a set of frames.
The technical glasses already cost a lot, so it is understandable that people will be worried about the cost of this new addition. The good news is Google thought about that. The tech giant has teamed up with VSP, the biggest health insurance provider for optical needs in the United States. Together, they can offer frames at a low cost that will be suitable for the technological eyepiece.
New York Times is positive about this new move, stating that it could take wearable technology from a thing of science fiction to real life. They not only become affordable options, but they have a stamp of approval in the medical field. This one move could lead to many other companies working with the health field to create other forms of wearable technology for all.
One Forrester analyst, J. P. Gownder, believes that wearable technology will get to the point where it is tattooed under the skin, eaten and placed in the teeth within the next five years as technology and health companies work together.
For now, those with less-than-perfect eyesight will be happy to know that Google Glass is to get prescription lenses. Patients will have the choice of frames that look stylish as well as being practical, and will cost $225 each. That does not include the cost of the technology being implemented within them.
There will be four frame shapes on offer: split, curve, bold and thin. These aim to cover the type of frames that most people will want to wear. There will be a downside, though. Those who have glasses and prescription lenses will not be able to transfer Google Glass onto different frames to suit the type of corrective lenses they are wearing. The device requires small screws that need to be removed and replaced when switching between frames. Other problems include some places banning Google Glass from their establishments, along with laws for driving with the device.
For those who prefer sunglasses, Google is looking into this option too. The tech giant is working with designer Maui Jim and the frames will be around $150.
There are no current plans to change the technology within the devices. The last time this was updated was in October when the design team ensured the device was modular.
The aim for the tech giant is to make people question the need for traditional glasses, according to Steve Lee, Product Director of the device. Giving Google Glass prescription lenses is just the first step to making that possible, and opens the door to many other inventions and ideas.
By Alexandria Ingham