Google Glass will be available in prescription glasses

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Google has struck a deal with optical provider VSP to provide prescription lenses for Google Glass. Google Glass is wearable smart technology that gives users the ability to browse the web, take photos, and read texts while wearing glasses. The device itself is only available to a limited number of people who are in Google’s Explorer program. Google Glass frames are made of titanium. The material’s light weight will lessen the strain of the devices battery and processor.

Frames by VPS will cost users $225. Google Glass will knock users back $1,499. VPS and Google are already working together to train optometrists how to attach the Glass device on frames.

“The key business model of the year for wearables is becoming embedded into the health care system. Selling wearable consumer electronics one-on-one to individual consumers is kind of a tough business.

“By embedding them into the health care system, you can reach a mass market.” Forrester analyst J. P. Gownder said, according to the New York Times.

Google Glass will be available to the public sometime this year. It has already been subject to scrutiny with regards to privacy concerns. Some establishments have already banned the device.

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