Google confirms Glass works with prescriptions, should see frames launch later this year

The folks at Google are being a bit more chatty than we thought they’d be this week at SXSW. Yesterday, they let us in on previews for a few early apps that are being made for Google Glass like Gmail, the New York Times, Evernote and Path. Today, Google has confirmed some important news for those of us who wear prescription eyewear.

Piggybacking a picture of Glass team member Greg Priest-Dorman wearing a prototypical pair of Glass with lenses in them, Google says consumers will definitely be able to outfit these things with prescription lenses if needed. That was one of the biggest questions in regards to glass when Google first announced it, and it was a valid one — nearly half the population of the world wears some sort of prescription eyewear.

Speculation only went two ways, really: either Google would create a clip-on attachment to fit on any pair of glasses or they would make it possible to shove some lenses into the rims of this thing. The possibility of the former happening became quite slim when we found out Google could be using bone-conduction technology to deliver audio to your ear canal without using external speakers.

That only left the latter option, and that’s where we stand today. Unfortunately you early adopters won’t be able to get your glasses fit with prescription lenses, as the Explorer program will come about so early that Google won’t be finished testing and developing its prototypes in time.

That said, Google did promise that the lens-ready Glass would be on store shelves by the end of the year so there won’t be a long wait if you decide not to go through with picking up an early pair. Suddenly, I am so much more tempted to buy one of these now. How about you?

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  • Neto Lugo

    I’m really looking forward to this. I need new glasses anyway lol.

  • Dan Main

    could be interesting, but I am worried about the distraction factor.

  • bmg314

    I would like to say yeah, but I bump, scratch and drop my glasses enough as it is. I can only imagine how quickly I bust my Google glass.


  • Jason

    Not really as I currently burn through a set of frames yearly. Would be more willing to buy if they would adapt to fit over existing.

    • rustygh

      Sure looks like the picture shows an attached model that would move to next pair of glasses

  • Angel De La Riva

    Would we be able to tint the lenses as well?

  • chuckles87

    This is great so I can get a pair and go to that bar that banned them and sue the for discrimination over a person with disabilities

    • rustygh

      Pfft give it up. That case won’t hold.

      • chuckles87

        Actually it would hold alot of weight

        • rustygh

          Nope. You do not need glass attachment for a disability.
          Completely flawed from the outset.
          Prescription glasses is not a disability to begin with.

          • chuckles87

            Yes if it’s an attachment, but if it’s a single unit then there is a solid case

          • rustygh

            OK I’m tired you win, good luck on your case.
            Note: in CA you need to be diagnosed legally blind for it to be a disability. Can you imagine how many disability checks would be going out if you just needpprescription glasses? Hehe. ツ

  • scoter man1

    Maybe when they make Google contact lenses…

    I’m not giving up my peripheral vision and lack of frame view-ness.

  • hemipw54

    Now the bullies will call their prey 5 eyes.
    Terrorist will love these things.

  • matt

    Will my vision coverage pay for them?!

  • DYNK

    Like I said before. Biggest addition to the history of pornography