Project Glass for Those of us Who Already Have Glass


One of the biggest questions when Project Glass, Google’s vision of the future of wearable smart technology, was revealed was regarding those of us who are already legally blind: how will we be able to use Project Glass with our existing eye wear? Well, they aren’t promising anything, but they did give us a quick look at how an attachable accessory could look over someone’s pair of glasses. Too much? Personally, I wouldn’t mind it. The original pair already looked very unobtrusive to me, and this accessory seems even more sleek and cool on top of a pair of frames. Let’s hope this entire project comes to fruition. [via Google+]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Easy solution, pair with a company that already does far out sunglasses and glasses frames and let them go at it. I could foresee some sort of modular accessory and series of frames to be designed to be worn with or without the accessory would be the smart move. I’m a fan of Oakley and think they’d be the best to give it a go.

    1. Well said.

    2. I doubt these will be particularly cheap any way so it’s perhaps a moot point, but I’d be worried that pairing up with a “fashion” frames designer would drive the price up in a similar way that branded glasses frames on their own cost a ludicrous amount.

      1. You’re more than welcome to strap it onto a pair of cheap sunglasses from the pharmacy but if I’m going to be shelling out money for something that will be on my face a lot, I’d want to make sure they’re well built and as optically correct as possible. Oakley can do that.

        1. Better optics make all the difference.

          Whenever I see oakleys listed I just have to give people better options.

          oakleys warp your vision, are not as good as any I list below, and they are extreemly over-priced.

          Costa DelMar
          Ruddy Project 
          Maui Jim
          Dolce & Gabanna
          Louis Vuitton

  2. Okay, now THIS is cool… :D

    1.  I agree, having this as a mod to your current glasses is a smarter option than having to buy brand new glasses… I wonder if this thing is waterproof when it rains.. :P

    2. The glass or vneck?

    3. If you want to use contact lenses; dual-focus DARPA contacts.
      Very cool.

  3. When and where can I buy this!!!

  4. They look much better when you actually wear glasses!  Even… cool? I would seriously start wear my glasses all the time if project glass gets a release since at the moment I just need to wear them to see the projector at university.

  5. Why wasn’t the caption for that photo, 
    “”We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

  6. I must be missing something here. If you’re blind how can you see the display at all?

    1. Why would a visually impaired person buy this? That question lacks sense…

      1. By legally blind he means people that need glasses to do anything. The author was being a bit dramatic…

        1. is there a difference between how Brits define blind and Americans? blind to me is you cannot see anything at all

          1. We have the same definition. Legally blind just means very limited vision. And like I said earlier, the author was just being over enthusiastic.

      2. I must still be missing something. Blind people can’t see… 

  7. GIVE. 
    I’ve been drooling over Project Glass since it came out, but i need glasses (seriously, i can’t even see an arm’s length in front of me clearly without them) so i was worried I wouldn’t be able to get them. (Doctor said no contacts, and lasic freaks me out, so…..)

    Of course, google thinks of everything :)

  8. Ray-Bans please.

  9. I like this. Now im even more excited for them.

  10. well better than the original pics but i’m still skeptical anyone will wear them. I was really hoping that google glass or glasses was going to be made of that flexible oled screen so that it’s not just in the peripheral of one eye. It would also be nice to adjust how dark the lenses my glasses are. I hope there cooking those up next.

  11. and no on board os. it should only be an accessory to my phone and be as thin and light as possible.

  12. They should pair with Transitions lenses. I’d buy. 

  13. Seems like a good idea, except I believe it might be hard to see the screen (if you had a limited eyesight) unless the “Glass” was produced directly attached to/built in to the prescription glasses.

  14. My feelings on project glass is it will always stay high priced as too many people will trip over their own feet if they try them. Hey I don’t mean you people here, but you all have those people in your life/family that you just know the second they try these they will go face first in the dirt.  Me I’d get the clip on for my RayBan’s & Maui Jim’s as they have a good shading that would still allow vision of the display with out changing the light to dark so you could continue to snowboard/surf/ride.

  15. Now THIS is what I’m talkin about. Makes me much more excited for these. Now I can use it with my rad hipster fakies. Chris Chavez, I’ll bet you know what I’m talkin about. I bet you’ve worn a pair of fakies or two in your time.

  16. Project glass is a new object,I I have never contact before,but if it is really useful,I don’t care to have another one.

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