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First Real Look at Google Glass With Prescription Spectacles, Looks Much More Natural

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Last night over on Google+, a Googler posted up the first real look of Google Glass working alongside prescription lenses and frames. It has since been removed from the Googler’s page, but luckily we were able to snag these screenshots beforehand. As we can see, the overall design is much cleaner, and thankfully the large metal band going across your forehead has been removed, which should make a few people less self conscious of how they look while wearing the hardware. 

From the picture below, it appears that the Glass hardware wraps around the frame, and basically integrates itself. From the couple of pictures we have seen, we are liking the design so far.

What do you think? Do these look more “socially acceptable” to you? And if you have been accepted into the Explorers program recently and don’t know about dropping $1500 for a pair of developer units, be sure to read this post.

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Via: +Brian Matiash
  • Sgt Riley

    Still looks stupid. Luckily most businesses are banning google glass and driving with them on is illegal in most states.

  • Khairy

    I wish it wasnt so ugly.

  • fran farrell

    Big bulky computer and eye piece volumes will shrink 3x and so will cost by the time that Glass is a consumer product. Industrial Apps and hardware will include 3x more sensors and ignore the fashion desires of cops, linemen, engineers, firemen, and other hardhat types. So… shut up about the fashion.

  • HasteKilled

    Not sure how interested I am in Google Glass. But I’ve always wondered if they will make a version to go over the left eye? I’m partially blind in my right eye and don’t think I’d be able to use it.I probably use my left eye for 70-80 percent of my vision.

  • droyd4life

    I just realized how epic it would be if I had Google Glass, given that I play violin, I think it would be awesome to record myself playing in symphony orchestra and then showing other people what it’s like. Another example would be rock climbing, that would be really interesting.

  • Earl

    Much more natural, for what, a cyborg?

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    still overpriced and easily stolen. makes you stand out for easy target.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    If the glass can be detached easily I’d love that…..

  • jt O’Brien

    I fail to understand how anyone thinks this will detach people from social encounters or society in general. The whole point of Glass is to prevent that. For those who make these claims, please explain to me how looking down at your phone all the time is any less detaching than looking forward at a display.

    From what I can tell, this will keep eyes up instead of down and allow people to experience and see everything around them whilst being able to use their mobile devices rather than being detached and possibly missing moments because they are looking down at their phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed something really cool because I was looking down at my phone checking a notification. With Glass that will cease to be an issue and will even let me record those moments with the swipe of a finger. I am very excited for the commercial version of Glass and cannot wait to pick up a pair.

    Am I willing to spend $1500 on a prototype? Absolutely not, that’s a nice new laptop for me. Am I willing to pay <$500 for a finished commercial product? Absolutely.

    • mustbepbs

      It sounds to me like you need to become less attached to your notifications and more attached to reality.

      Adding another tech gadget isn’t going to fix your social problems, mate.

      • jt O’Brien

        Wow so you have never checked your phone notifications? That’s impressive. I don’t have social problems it’s a matter of making life more convenient. I despise looking down at my phone that’s simply it. Glass is a way to be more in touch with reality for people and that’s why I think it has great potential.

        • mustbepbs

          “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed something really cool because I was looking down at my phone checking a notification.”

          Oh I check my phone for notifications, but I’m not missing life events because of it like you are.

          “Glass is a way to be more in touch with reality for people”

          No comment.

          • jt O’Brien

            I go a lot of places where things are happening very quickly, where if you look away for a second you miss it. If you don’t miss those moments at all, then you’re not getting out enough man.

          • mustbepbs

            What, do you travel with the circus or something?

          • jt O’Brien

            Not to mention missing photos and videos of things happening around you because the event happens too fast for you to pull out your phone. And no I don’t travel with the circus, I’m just always doing something with my time whether it be going to a party, a concert, a sporting event, biking, snowboarding, etc.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            Don’t feed the troll. That guys is an idiot who likes to argue

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Based on the comments in this article up to here…

            @mustbepbs:disqus, that time of the month?

          • michael arazan

            I have missed so many photo/ video from having my phone in my bag or yards away from me, would be nice to just tap my glasses and then get it when I realize that I could take a pic when knowing if I leave I’ll miss the shot in the time it takes me to go get my phone.

    • Bruce Bernfeld

      I have been using GG for a week and some people seem to be put off by the tapping and swiping while I am with them

  • Raj Bhatt

    I received my Google Glass yesterday. I also wear actual glasses. I hope they release the prescription shields soon. Until then, my 1500 dollar device has to haphazardly sit on top of my glasses.

    • QtDL

      I’m an eye doc. One of my patients came in the other day for a prescription update specifically to get an insert for his Google Glass. He said there is one guy in Pennsylvania that will make them. (Got my invite today! Still pondering if I will purchase…)

      • Raj Bhatt

        I spoke with Joseph over email and he is very knowledgeable. He sent me a few price quotes. I also spoke to a representative from Rochester Optical that said they would be announcing their product in the next week or two and that it would be a fraction of the cost. Joseph’s product is extremely durable and advanced but costs 500+ dollars.

  • Liderc

    Is anyone else really cynical about GG? I just don’t think this will ever have a place in our society and normally I’m very open to new tech.

    • mustbepbs

      I am. It’s going to make people look more pompous than those who walk around with bluetooth headsets. It’s going to make people pay even less attention to other human beings and create more distraction. It’s just going to be another beta product from Google that’ll resonate with very few people due to the ridiculous price point.

      Basically an Apple-like status symbol.

      • Phil Oakley

        It won’t cost $1500 when they release the consumer version to the public. It’ll cost more like $399. The Explorer edition costs $1500 because it’s made in the US, relatively small quantities are made (putting the price up), and Google wanted to make it a bit exclusive, so only people who really wanted an early look would pay.

      • JoshGroff

        Once they lower it, I’ll be interested. I have to wear glasses anyway, so why not increase the functionality of them?

        • Liderc

          I’m just curious if enough people will use them for it to be relevant. It also seems like it could be distracting, to the user and someone talking with the user. I was just curious if others felt like me, who are also normally very excited about tech advancing, but just don’t see this going anywhere.

      • cbstryker

        You realize that Google themselves stated that the consumer product will be priced much lower at around a $300 price point, right? That’s why every one in existence is called the “Explorer Edition” which is just their words for “developer edition”.

        • mustbepbs

          This thing is more useless than a smartwatch, and even those are too expensive at $300.

          • cbstryker

            You’ve used one? I doubt it. And if you have then you’re very short sighted (not literally).

            I hate listening to people who declare things like this as “more useless than a smartwatch”. These kinds of people define the sheep, the masses, the uninspired, the “consumers”. They have no foresight, no imagination, no ability to see potential. Only once they are told what it can do with colourful and pretty commercials like those from Apple and Samsung do they see its use and suddenly want one.

            A must have? Maybe not. But useless? No: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Doctors-see-Google-Glass-as-useful-diagnostic-tool-4958193.php

    • S2556

      I think the only way it has a legit chance at going mainstream is making it work with all glasses, (especially sunglasses) as well as ski and motox goggles etc… And being able to mount on the inside for stealth and so the tint doesn’t make the screen hard to see. I like the recon instruments one better but that may be because I am more a fan of the targeted uses. I just don’t know about using it around town. Driving would be a huge help but people have already brought up safety concerns.

  • WCM3

    you still look like a robot.

  • AbbyZFresh

    That’s more like it. That metal bar was really starting to annoy me. i’m glad they removed it in favor to prescription glasses.

    So do we have to go to an actual lens store to buy it or can we still buy the prescription model from Google?

    • Phil Oakley

      I’m thinking when you buy Glass, you buy the bit that attaches to the frames. You can then buy prescription glasses too, and then go to your optician and say ‘Hi, could you replace the lenses on these with my prescription please?’.

  • Mitchman

    This looks much better. I’ll actually have a chance of slipping through the cracks when I’m out creeping with this version.

  • MichaelFranz

    Me likey

  • possomcrast1

    I would love to wear these with my prescription glasses. I wonder if these will be like 50$ cheaper because they lack the actual glasses of the standard Glass model.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why would they be cheaper? The glasses frame barely costs anything. And the only thing they truly removed was the metal bar.

      • Xephik

        Have you ever bought glasses? For some reason it is insanely easy to find frames $150-$200. Anything less are usually children’s frames or tacky looking.

        • anna willoughby

          Not really anymore. I mean, maybe if you buy your glasses in person like a rube ;)

          • Xephik

            I will admit its been a few years since I bought my last pair, which was in-store xD

          • anna willoughby

            I used to be like you…Now I sign up for new accounts at various online glasses retailers and get them for $20-80, or at Walmart if I’m desperate (about $90 all together with all the coatings).

            *Note: Walmart is with insurance, Online without.

          • 4_eyes

            Times have definitely changed. Most of the $300 frames in store look like crap,are made in China, and are overpriced now. I was appalled by the quality/price last time I got new lenses. My 3 current pairs were my first online purchases. I was able to find much more modern and stylish designer frames online for $30-$100. For example, the designer J. Lindeberg frames I’m wearing now retail for $200-$300 in store for frame only. Got them online + lenses for $89. Get compliments on them all the time :)

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I know this has been discussed, but you can move this to the left side as well right? Not everyone has a functioning right eye.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thelolotov Jacob Davis

      I’d be amazed if Google wasn’t planning on one.

    • GJV

      Yarrrr matey, melikes the way you think.

    • Michael Harrison

      The left handed people of the world say “don’t hold your breath.”

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    You know what throws me off about glass? The Thick …glass up front. I’m assuming this being the first model it has to be that thick though it is and will always be very obvious. Looking forward to the day where they can flatten that, and integrate it into the actual lens

    • maratu

      That tech is a looooooooooong way away.

    • Phil Oakley

      Well, it’s a crystal display, so yeah. Eventually it’ll be basically invisible, but not for a while yet.