Google Glass has been appealing for a lot of reasons, but one crowd displeased with the current augmented reality experience is people who need glasses. Until a few months ago, Google had no plans or reveals on the prescription side, but they will soon be offering an accessory out for $99.
Rochester Optical or VSP Global will be the first prescription lens manufacturer for Google Glass. Rochester Optical seem to be the ones ahead, but they have no official relationship with Google and their glass project may be canned if Google don’t like what they see.
With or without official approval, Rochester Optical have said they will make prescription, fashion, and sport lenses for Google Glass in early 2014, with more to come alongside once Google announces an official release date, perhaps at Google I/O.
The move to get prescription lenses on Google Glass will benefit everyone who has to wear glasses in everyday life. The importance of this accessory is paramount to getting Google Glass out to as many users as possible, especially when the product goes public.
Details are pretty bare so far and neither Google or the third parties are adding anything on what the lenses will look like and when the release date is exactly. Google has still not actually added an official release date for Google Glass or for the Glass API.
The company is adding more features to the augmented eyewear every month, through a patch update sent to Google Glass users. Google recently updated the hardware side, adding a mono-earpiece for improved call quality – this was sent out to all backers for free in exchange for their old unit.
Google has also opened up the Glass platform to any subscriber of Google Play All Access, the $10 per month music subscription service, designed to be a rival to Spotify and iTunes Radio.