|Google Glass to Get Some Style|
|Joanna Stern||Feb 21, 2013, 12:14 PM|
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Google has given us a preview of what it's actually like to look through its Glass - those futuristic, Internet-connected glasses that show digital information right in front of your eyes. You can get all sorts of information from them. But while you see a whole new experience while wearing the glasses, the person looking at you sees some odd-looking spectacles.
Google is out to make them look a whole lot more stylish, says the New York Times. According to the report, the company is negotiating with Warby Parker, a popular glasses company that sells fashionable frames for very affordable prices. Its regular glasses start at $95 including the prescription, and part of that goes to charity.
Google glasses, of course, are not like any regular pair. Inside the left side are smartphone parts - a processor and battery. On the front of the glasses, in the top left corner, are a small camera and a tiny glass display. On the top of the glasses are a power button and a camera button. You control the screen with a touch pad on the leg of the glasses.
In an interview with ABC News last year, Isabelle Olsson, one of the lead designers of the glasses, said the company was working very hard on making Glass something you would want to wear. "We have been working to make these wearable. They won't be done until we have removed everything we can possibly remove," she said. At New York City Fashion Week in 2012, the glasses made an appearance during a Diane von Furstenberg show.
"Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology. We are delighted to bring Glass to the runway together with DVF," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a statement at the time. Google would not comment on the Warby Parker report when reached by ABC News.
On Wednesday Google started a contest, asking people to tell the company on social media what they would do if they had the new glasses. The winners will be allowed to purchase the developers' version of the glasses, which cost $1,500. Presumably Google and Warby Parker are working together not only on style but on affordability.