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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Google Glass is Getting Glasses
Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its internet-connected Glass.
Glass, which is expected to be available to the general
population later this year, hasn't actually had glasses in its
frame until now, as it just features a camera and a display
screen above the wearer's right eye. The internet-connected
device lets wearers surf the Web, ask for directions and take
photos or videos. It also lets people read their email, share
photos on Twitter and Facebook, translate phrases while
traveling or partake in video chats. Glass also responds to
some basic voice commands.
But Google plans to make some new attachments available.
Starting Tuesday, the company is offering four styles of
prescription frames and two new types of shades available to
its testers. The frames will cost $225 and the shades, $150.
That's on top of the $1,500 price of Glass.
Users can take the frames to any vision care provider for
prescription lenses, though Google says it is working with
insurance provider Vision Service Plan to train eye-care
providers around the U.S. on how to work with Glass. Google
says some insurance plans may cover the cost of the frames.
Google Glass currently comes in five colors - "charcoal," a
lighter shade of gray called "shale," white, tangerine and
bright blue "sky." The frame attachments out Tuesday are all