Google Glass has grabbed their first third party manufacturer to design custom prescription glasses for the augmented reality device. Currently Google Glass is only compatible with Clear Shield, a first party accessory available on Google’s store.
Rochester Optical are the third party supplier, an 80 year old military and prescription glasses supplier. The company will be in charge of making all prescription, fashion and sport lenses in the early stages of development, possibly leading to more suppliers in the future.
This is a big step up on Google’s third party policy, although it still is only one company and Google said nothing about other third party suppliers getting possible dimensions and approval from Google to make any prescription/sport glasses compatible with Google Glass.
Google is starting to become more friendly on the Google Glass project, allowing users to start to give away their device to others or possibly sell it – this has been restricted and Google has been hunting down eBay pages and locking glasses that have been sent to another user.
We still have no date on when Rochester Optical will start producing the glasses, we expect it to be sometime in 2014, when Google is set to offer Google Glass out to the public at a much cheaper base price and a possible redesign, to be more in line with regular glasses.
The glasses may come even sooner, with the Google Glass accessory store now officially launched, Explorers may be able to buy add-ons to their glasses to make them more workable in different environments.
We may see an influx of different ideas, waterproof glasses, scratch-proof glasses, prescription glasses and in the future brands may get involved, adding their own twist on Google Glass to make it more ideal for their brand base.