Google Glasses Get Prescriptions


Google announced today that its latest Google Glasses frames will accommodate people who, well, actually need to wear glasses. The "Titanium Collection" includes four frame choices built for prescription lenses, taking the accessibility of wearable technology to the next level.


The tech company has been hard at work advancing its new invention. In December, Google added on a variety of new features, including a lock screen, a "wink" action for photo-taking, and an iOS app.

According to a company release, visually challenged consumers have been clamoring to get a piece of Google's optical action: "If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass ... well, we'd have a lot of nickels," it wrote.

Google also noted that some vision insurance companies like VSP may help to cover the costs of Google's latest lineup. You can see the new styles, which were introduced today alongside two new options for twist-on shades, here.

The moves come as Google prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it. The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses.

VSP, which covers 64 million people in the U.S., will also provide coverage for the frames and prescription lenses as part of its partnership with Google. VSP's typical allowances for frames can range from $80 to $160.

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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