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TRENDY WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY DESIGNER Google has revealed its range of Google Glass eyewear for the prescription lens wearer.
Although some Google Glass testers have already managed to mod their devices, this is the first time Google has brought out a prescription lens compatible version of the augmented reality eyewear.
Google has released four styles in the Titanium Collection, all of which have a geek chic quality but allow the spectacles to blend in better than the existing prototype frames.
Explorers - Google's term for Glass beta testers - can order the frames now. They cost $225 each, or $150 for non-prescription sunglasses that are available in two of the styles. That price doesn't include the $1,500 fee to join the Glass Explorer programme.
Speaking on Google+, the Glass team said, "If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass... well, we'd have a lot of nickels. So 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."
It went on to say that this is "only the beginning", suggesting that more frame styles are on the way. This is a good thing because although the existing styles are nice, they all look about the same.
Google has not announced commercial availability for its Google Glass eyewear, but that is expected in the second half of the year. These more normal looking frame styles do seem to be bringing Glass closer to a socially unobtrusive product. Now all we need is a financially acceptable price.
The launch of Google Glass for prescription lens wearers comes just a day after reports claimed that Samsung will release its Google Glass competitor, Samsung Galaxy Glass, in September. Coincidentally. µ
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