Google releases 4 prescription frames that work with Google Glass
A couple months ago, Google released an update to the Google Glass hardware that finally allowed for the use of prescription frames with Glass. Earlier this month, Rochester Optical released compatible frames; and now, Google has released four official titanium frames that can be used with Google Glass. Even better, the rumored deal with the largest optical health insurance provider in the U.S., VSP, is real as well.
The frames are called the "Titanium Collection" and of course made with the metal so as to be very lightweight, and maybe minimize the overall bulk on your head when combined with Glass. Google has built the frames itself, and attempted to cover the general styles that you would find in glasses with just four options - Split, Thin, Bold, and Curve. Google has the frames listed at $225, which is on the higher end for eyeglass frames, but maybe not so bad considering anyone in the market for a pair has already dropped $1500 for Google Glass itself. But, in an effort to offset that cost, Google has also announced a deal with VSP.
VSP insures one-fifth of Americans, and is saying that it will reimburse part of the costs of Glass for those under its insurance. The average reimbursement is expected to be around $120, which would mean that the frames only end up costing about $105. VSP will also be spearheading a program to train optometrists in fitting users with Google Glass.
Of course, you don't even need to use prescription lenses in these frames if you don't want to. They could also be used simply as a way to make Google Glass look a little less futuristic, if you don't like the look of the current frame. Getting this program up and running now should also help Google in working out the kinks before the official commercial launch of Glass, which is expected sometime this year.