AT LAST the missing piece has been added to Google Glass, as the evil-shunning search engine has announced that the new model of Glass will allow early adopters to actually see with it.
Members of the Explorer Programme will be able to trade in their present Google Glass for a new model that introduces compatibility for "future lines of shades and prescription lenses".
Although many brave pioneers have already modded their $1,500 devices to accommodate their own spectacles, up until now - despite being mostly owned by people who spend their days in front of displays - the preview edition of Google Glass has not taken prescription glasses into account.
Also new is a mono earbud, replacing the much maligned bone conduction speaker in the present version. The latter is something of an eyebrow raiser, given that it continues to exclude the possibility of using Glass as a serious music streaming device, though that also means it's safer.
At the same time, Explorers will receive three invitations, giving friends the opportunity of spending a month's wages on a piece of technology that's so cutting edge it's almost dangerous.
What remains unclear is whether this is to be a random act of generosity of Google's part, or, as we suspect, this trade-in programme will involve early adopters paying more money to Google.
The new Google Glass designs were premiered last night on Google Plus, to a largely warm reception, and confirmation that the mono headset could be unplugged, if you decide you don't want it dangling like part of an Australian cork hat when you are not using it. µ
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