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Google signs deal with Oakley and Ray-Ban maker for Google Glass

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Google signs deal with Oakley and Ray-Ban maker for Google Glass
There have been rumors for quite a while about Google trying to make deals with high profile eyewear makers to form partnerships for Google Glass. We've already seen Google put out its own Glass frames. Today, Google has announced the first big one, a deal with Luxottica Group, which is the company that makes Oakley, Ray-Ban, Vogue eyewear and more.

Luxottica isn't just a high profile eyewear maker, it is the biggest eyewear manufacturer with about 12.4% of the market. Luxottica controls both LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut, which gives Google Glass potential for shelf space in over 5,000 retail stores. Google says about the company: "Luxottica understands how to build, distribute and sell great products that their clients and consumers love". Luxottica says that it intends to put out a collection that will "combine high-end technology with avant-garde design offering the best in style, quality, and performance."

Of course, the announcement of the deal doesn't mean that frames are on the way soon. Neither Google nor Luxottica has mentioned when we should be expecting frames designed for Glass, but the likeliest scenario is that the collection will be made available in time for the Google Glass consumer release, or at least relatively soon afterwards. 

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posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:42 3

1. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Well, it'll surely look much better than the ugly design that the current Google Glass has.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:50 6

4. camera531 (Posts: 174; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Those are just beta prototypes. They were never meant for consumers.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:02 1

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Well, price goes up for sure.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:20 2

9. PBXtech (Posts: 984; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Maybe. Mass production might make prices drop some.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:45 1

2. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yes please... Ray Ban's Aviators Glass for me...

Or at least an affordable Google Glass adaptable to my current folding Aviators

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:50

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 05:06

15. boosook (Posts: 1095; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Who do you think makes glasses for those brands? ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxottica
Btw, Luxottica is an Italian company.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:02

6. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ok now...Google is serious about Glass....

Make is somehow available for prescription glasses....and it might be more than a fad. I have a feeling the Android Wear smartwatch is gonna be be a bigger hit.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:06

7. toyboyz (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


Oakley I knew it!!!!

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:10

8. antonioli (Posts: 189; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Not bad. Now things become more interesting.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:37

10. HASHTAG (Posts: 183; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


So looking forward to buying the Oakley version of Glass!

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 22:02

11. electrophage (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Actually, this may be the takeoff event for Google Glass

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 22:54

12. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Luxottica: the Foxconn of eyewear.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 01:19

13. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Amazing. But price..? :-/

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 04:23 1

14. Cyberchum (Posts: 285; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'll go with Ray-ban please.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 07:53

16. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


those google glasses look waaaaaaay better.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 08:48 1

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12730; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That chick is hot.

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