The Google Glass release date is predicted to hit the market sometime in 2014. The tech giant has remained mum on the matter, slowly trickling out the wearable camera at a price tag of $1,500 (though you can buy the eyewear on eBay and Craigslist now). However, Glass enthusiasts got a treat this week when Google employee Brian Matiash leaked photos of Google Glass prescription lenses on his Google+ page. He quickly took them down, but not before Phandroid nabbed the images.
The Google Glass prescription lenses photos indicate that wearer's frames will probably need to be fashioned specifically for the device. However, these images likely show a device still in its prototype stages. The lenses appear to have one side attaching to the main unit, meaning prescription glasses will need to be made explicitly for Glass. When might Glass fans lacking 20/20 vision be able to get their hands on a pair of prescription lenses?
The Glass prescription lens release date is expected to launch January 2014. Last month, Glass Explorer and wearable tech pioneer Tim Moore announced his involvement with the Rochester Optical team to delve into customized Glass devices. Moore told Mashable that special prescription lens add-ons for Google Glass will be available to the public in January, at the latest. They will cost roughly the same as standard prescription lenses, come in several colors and mount on Glass "perfectly." Interested consumers will be able to purchase the customized Glass lenses online where they can enter their prescription information. Shipping will take two business days.
Google Glass and Rochester Optical isn't the first partnership the tech giant has made in an effort to expand the wearable device to prescription lens wearers. Google is also reportedly in talks with VSP Global, an American vision benefits provider, to further integrate Glass into prescription lenses and custom frames. VSP Chief Executive Robert Lynch said that plans include training optometrists to fit Google Glass for patients, developing prescription lenses that accommodate the gadget's prism, and creating more stylish frames for Glass, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The success of wearable tech succeeding in the mainstream market will heavily rely on not only its functionality, but also its stylishness. Fox News talked to Co-CEOs of Warby Parker, a fashionable eyeglass company revolutionizing the eyewear business model. Co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal touched on the Google Glass trend and the future of wearables.
"I think we both believe that wearable technology is the future. Just the question is how best to use that technology," Blumenthal said.
"I think regardless of the technology, fashion matters. If it's something that you're going to wear on your body, on your face, it has to look good," Gilboa said.
A Google Glass and Warby Parker partnership would make for a flawless blend of fashion and technology, though Blumenthal and Gilboa haven't announced any plans to team up with the tech giant. It seems, though, that Google is on its way with prescription lenses, with an anticipated release date set for early 2014.