Google’s Project Glass is an intriguing concept, but for those of us who wear prescription lenses, the wearable computer was more like a sight for forlorn eyes.
Good news: Google on Tuesday assuaged those fears with a promise that Google Glass will be compatible with prescription lenses later this year. The developer-specific Explorer Edition of Glass will not support prescription lenses—a shame for any visually impaired nerds out there who shelled out $1500 for early access to Glass.
The Project Glass blog even posted a photo of bespectacled team member
donning a prototype as proof that glasses-wearing techies can try out the $1000+ computers without looking completely ridiculous. Google Glass has a modular design, the Project Glass blog noted, which means it can fit over your existing pair of glasses.
Google is also reportedly in talks with eyewear designer Warby Parker to make Glass more stylish.
Though no release date has been announced for Google Glass, developers are busy creating compatible apps using the Project Glass API. Google showed off a few of the apps, such as Evernote, the New York Times, and Path, at its SXSW Interactive event this week. Googlers have also been spotted wearing the computers in the wild, so a release date is likely not too far off.
And now, even if your vision isn’t quite 20/20, you’ll still be able to see those hard-hitting news headlines and social network status updates scroll across your lenses.
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