Thursday 14 March 2013

Google Glass will support prescription frames; integrate apps

Google has confirmed that it will indeed be launching a version of Google Glass that will fit perfectly with prescription frames. The same was previously revealed in a Verge story, but this is the first public statement from Google confirming the official support for prescription wearables.

“One of the questions we hear the most is whether there will be a prescription solution for Glass. The short answer is: yes!  The Glass design is modular, so you will be able to add frames and lenses that match your prescription,” Google Glass team noted on official Google+ page.

Google however announced that the Explorer edition, for which it was looking for candidates recently, will not be ready for prescription requirements.

“We’re still perfecting the design for prescription frames. Although the frames won’t be ready for the Explorer Edition’s release, hang in there — you can expect to see them later this year,” the company added.

Here a look at a member of Google Glass team sporting a prototype of Google Glass that supports prescription lens/frames.

In related news, Google recently showcased a few third-party apps at SXSW Interactive that will come integrated in Google Glass. Some of these apps are New York Times, Evernote, and Path.  The search giant also demoed Gmail app that will also be integrated in this AR wearable. Here are some of the capabilities of these apps.

Gmail: Can be configured to only push you “Important” emails. Users will see the message subject line, a picture of the sender. They will also be able to dictate their mail responses with Google’s voice recognition system.

Path:  Suppose user’s Path contact shares a photo to the service, user can get a photo notification right in Google Glass. He/ She then will be able to swipe through different Path emoticons and pick one using the same touchpad interface and comment on the photo.

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