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

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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17 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

4. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Well, price goes up for sure.

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Maybe. Mass production might make prices drop some.

2. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes please... Ray Ban's Aviators Glass for me... Or at least an affordable Google Glass adaptable to my current folding Aviators

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

7. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Oakley I knew it!!!!

8. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Not bad. Now things become more interesting.

10. HASHTAG unregistered

So looking forward to buying the Oakley version of Glass!

11. electrophage

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Actually, this may be the takeoff event for Google Glass

12. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Luxottica: the Foxconn of eyewear.

13. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Amazing. But price..? :-/

14. Cyberchum

Posts: 1087; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll go with Ray-ban please.

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

those google glasses look waaaaaaay better.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That chick is hot.

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