Who doesn’t love a good makeover story? Whether it’s homes, yards, or people being made over, the stories infiltrate just about every popular TV station with entire shows dedicated to the concept. Now Google Glass is catching on, making over the “geekier” look of its thick, wrap-around, lensless goggle to offer sleeker, functional glasses to a wider audience.
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Google Glass is getting closer to entering the mainstream. Currently offered without lenses to a limited group in the Explorer program for $1,500, Google Glass has announced that it will start offering prescription glasses while also partnering with the biggest optical insurance provider in the U.S.: Vision Service Provider (or VSP).
Google is also adding four new titanium frame styles and two new tinted shade styles. The new frames cost $225, and the new tints are $150, but both prices are in addition to the current Google Glass price of $1,500.
Google Glass is trying to make the frames more wearable and appealing to the fashion-conscious technology lovers by offering styles that resemble the most popular frames at current vision providers.
In addition to increasing the target market with prescription lenses and new styles, Google is also starting to train VSP employees to work with Glass. Hopes for the partnership with VSP are to get prescription Glass frames covered by insurance, which will at least decrease the price by a couple of hundred bucks for now. Google hopes to make Glass accessible to the general population later in 2014.
These recent changes seem to be pushing Google Glass in the right direction, but maybe Google can work on adjusting the price so that more people will be able to buy Google Glass. C’mon, Google, what do ya say?