Like the idea of a tiny screen floating in front of your face to give you driving directions, let you make video calls, and see breaking news alerts, but don’t want to have to wear contact lenses to use Google Glass?

No problem. The Google Glass team says their upcoming wearable computers will feature a modular design — and that means you’ll eventually be able to use them along with a normal pair of prescription glasses.

Google Glass with glasses

Google’s actually been saying this for a while, but today the company showed off an early prototype of a team member wearing Google Glass along with a normal pair of spectacles.

The design is still a work in progress, and wont’ be ready to go by the time Google ships its Explorer Edition wearable computers. But the company plans to make the prescription eyeware-compatible version of Google Glass available later this year.

There’s no word on how much that edition will cost, how easy it will be to match Glass with your existing frame design and colors, or if how well the setup will work for folks with bifocals.

But I kind of feel like Glass looks a little less crazy when paired with a normal pair of glasses. If you’ve already got eyeglasses resting on your nose and wrapped around your ear, what’s one more small screen?

via Engadget

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3 replies on “Google Glass will (eventually) work with prescription eyeware”

  1. This is great. So often wearers of glasses are left behind when it comes to this kind of stuff. Can’t wait to get my Google Glass and freak out all the Luddite fearful posters here! What I fear is the Nanny State making laws to ban these things 🙁

  2. I hope Congress or the individual States start thinking about Laws concering these things. I would NOT want one of my kids around anyone wearing them.

  3. I’m intrigued by, and fearful of glass at once. I think as someone who walks exclusively everywhere, that already being killed by distracted drivers on a near weekly basis is bad enough. I can only imagine what a constant data stream will do to people, because a small but growing group of people are already in overload and apparently cannot disconnect even to perform critical tasks, and this will only make it harder for them.

    On the other hand it’s potentially cool tech.

    So torn.

    But I know that given how many people I see blowing through red lights while texting and swerving all over the place already, that this is going to have at least as much negative impact as good.

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