Wearable Tech World Feature Article
March 13, 2013

Will Project Glass Provide a Solution for Prescription Lenses?

The hype surrounding Google’s Glass is at an all-time high, and the two opposing camps arguing the merits of the device are equally passionate about the effects this type of technology will have in our culture. No matter which side you stand on, one thing you have to admit is Google has done a masterful job in marketing this product. The people that want the glasses are willing to do almost anything to obtain them and this further fuels the hype and demand. The glasses have been dissected from virtually every angle and one of the latest inquiries has been whether or not they’ll be able to accommodate prescription lenses, and the answer is a definite yes, according to Google.

To prove this point, Google has published a picture of Greg Priest-Dorman, a member of the Glass team wearing a prototype the company’s testing with prescription lenses. The design is still not ready for production and will not be available for the Explorer Edition’s, but might be available later this year.

The question is will people wearing prescription glasses want to add this piece of hardware on their glasses? The answer of course depends on the person and how much use they can get out of the device. People wearing glasses might be the first adopters of this technology because they are already used to wearing something on their face and if it is designed to fit seamlessly they will not be as inconvenienced as people that don’t wear glasses.

Looking at it as a therapeutic tool, Glass can be used to provide many forms of assistance for visually impaired individuals around the world. This might not have been the primary application when Google was first designing Glass, but it is only a matter of time before apps are designed to help individuals with different kinds of handicaps to navigate through their environment more effectively.

Currently, Glass is only available if you were the lucky few who received the Explorer units at a $1500 price tag. The rest of us will have to wait until it is released sometime this year, but don’t worry you won’t have to pay $1500 for them.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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