Glasses-wearers can't wear Google Glass [Update]

As it turns out, people who currently wear glasses as part of every day life can't use Google Glass, due to the technical design only accounting for people with regular vision. CNET sent a message to Google's Jay Nancarrow asking whether current spec-wearers could use Google Glass, and received a response saying that there is currently no solution for people who require glasses.

However, there is good news for the significant portion of the population who have to wear glasses, as Nancarrow mentioned that Google are "preparing additional models that are designed to work for people who require prescription lenses". While the company doesn't have a time frame for the release of these models, it will allow more people access to Google Glass when it becomes available.

For those of you with regular vision or contact lenses, which should work with Google Glass, the system should be available for purchase before the end of the year for around $1,500. Google Glass overlays information directly into your regular field-of-vision, and could be the "next big thing" as far as life-enhancement tools go. 

Update: Google has posted over on their Project Glass blog at G+ that they already have a glasses wearing prototype in use.

Source: CNET | Image via Talk Android

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What Google should do is that in the settings for the Google Glass, you should be able to select what vision they have 20/20 or 6/6 for example and the camera should read the outside world and the LCD should manually adjust so you can actually see better.

Now THAT would be revolutionary.

I have two favorite companies... (they're usually over priced though, but this time they'd have an excuse).

Gunnars (Gamers Eyeware company) and Razer (gaming peripheral company)

If Gunnars designed actual glasses and Razer provided the hardware, they'd make some serious Sh** No not just a single lens like the google glass, but actual wearable glasses.

I could see this type of technology happening and Google may just be testing the waters at this point. We see this in sci-fi movies all the time in some form although they tend to be more specialized in the task. Is this so much different?

Let's take Google out of the picture. Let's just sit back and ask if someone else was producing these glasses and had invented them. Would you be yay or nay for it?

Someone else mentioned that it would be bad for drivers. What if the glasses when you were driving produced a display that would essentially tell you everything your dash does now but in a clean overlay? I.E. The essentials... MPH (or KPH for non-US), fuel, and other possible essentials? Maybe a mini-map to show you where you are at or directions that can only be set while you are stopped (like my current GPS)? Do you still think it would be bad for drivers?

Something like this could be an aid for law enforcement.
Example: A police officer on a chase for a speeding or fleeing driver. The glasses could have a HUD element that can assist the driver in identifying where the car is. Yes it sounds like something from a game and it is but this could be reality too if we wanted it to be.

This thing is a train wreck, people do not want to wear glasses or in Apples case wear a wrist watch. It's like we are going back in time with these niche devices.

Edited by swanlee, Mar 12 2013, 12:33pm :

This news, as technology currently stands, is hardly shocking. Give it time, and this will eventually be integrated into regular frames for people who 'have' to wear glasses.

What about a version for the left eye? I have a lazy eye in the right, so consequently don't have stereo vision. I just don't use my right eye...

Glasses wearers can't wear a second pair of glasses? No, get out of here with these "technological" news!

It's more that the technology doesn't work when combined with prescription lenses, which can actually be fitted to the Glass assembly

Pupik said,
Glasses wearers can't wear a second pair of glasses? No, get out of here with these "technological" news!

You can get goggle type glasses that fit over the top. Often used in dentists or any area where you need to wear protective eye wear.

I think Google glass is more of a product for businessmen and even doctors. It's not a good device for personal use.

medical workers have microdisplays for years - this is a device to impress your friends while talking to your glass, it has no professional value at all

for businessmen (or more like for their personal assisstant, as looking ridiculous is not recommended for businessmen) it may be good but not with the current feature list

I think the best solution is to not wear them at all. Not only will they destroy your eyesight/give you dry eyes, they make you look like a complete tool, they are an invasion of privacy and pretty much just shove technology right in front of you all the time. I would also find it extremely rude if I were talking to someone with this crap on and they were actually reading an email or distracted by it.

i'm almost completely sure this whole project is rather a social experiment from google to see how far can privacy violation be taken without raising public concerns

this product is useless, with only wifi connection it's an expensive joke for someone who is a geek, a google fanboy, a voyeur, wears no glasses OR sunglasses and has a big pile of money waiting to blow it - well, sounds like a real hit, huh?

Not to mention that people can't drive as it is and already text while driving. Give them this and, well, you've essentially made the problem 100x worse!

Anthony S said,
Not to mention that people can't drive as it is and already text while driving. Give them this and, well, you've essentially made the problem 100x worse!

This is actually incorrect regarding the driving issue. This would actually keep your eyes on the road looking at map overlays rather then looking down at a smarphone running a GPS app or a dedicated GPS unit.

This works like a HUD.

when driving most of the time you rely on the voice of the device, not looking at it continuously (you could do it but please inform me when and where you plan to drive)

with this you get a continuously changing display in front of you - HUDs in the few cars which have them display speed, not decorate the whole windshield with a map

remixedcat said,

This is actually incorrect regarding the driving issue. This would actually keep your eyes on the road looking at map overlays rather then looking down at a smarphone running a GPS app or a dedicated GPS unit.

This works like a HUD.

No' it doesn't work like a HUD. It works like all other similar display tech, it gives you a tiny screening the corner of your vision to look or glance at.

The HUD like glasses currently only exist in very very expensive military helmets used in the longbow and new fighter jets. Ad has a giant off angle circle in front of your right eye and a rather massive projector projecting onto it.

morden said,
when driving most of the time you rely on the voice of the device, not looking at it continuously (you could do it but please inform me when and where you plan to drive)

with this you get a continuously changing display in front of you - HUDs in the few cars which have them display speed, not decorate the whole windshield with a map


Wrong! I have the HUD in my BMW and I get maps and directions information on it all the time; it is expensive but by far better than lowering your eyes checking the cockpit instruments or trying to hear directions from a GPS device.

ingramator said,
I think the best solution is to not wear them at all. Not only will they destroy your eyesight/give you dry eyes, they make you look like a complete tool, they are an invasion of privacy and pretty much just shove technology right in front of you all the time. I would also find it extremely rude if I were talking to someone with this crap on and they were actually reading an email or distracted by it.

fanboy trol

dvb2000 said,
that'll be funny when people with prescription glasses walk into that restaurant that's banned google glass

Yes, because all prescription glasses have built-in cameras.

Mark said,
I think the op was referring to people who eventually have prescription lenses built into Google glass.

Indeed. dvb2000, please accept my humblest apolohgees for the inconweenience.

Not everyone can wear contacts, or for that matter have a prescription that contacts can fix. E.g. I'm -0.75 in one eye, but contacts only go from -1.0 in .25 increments.
and some people with Astigmatism can't get contacts to fit.

Omen1393 said,
So basically the solution is to get contacts, that's not too big of a deal I don't think.

So people who wear glasses, should wear contacts so they can wear glasses? LOL

Grunt said,
Not everyone can wear contacts, or for that matter have a prescription that contacts can fix. E.g. I'm -0.75 in one eye, but contacts only go from -1.0 in .25 increments.
and some people with Astigmatism can't get contacts to fit.

I'm -0.75 in both eyes and I have contacts. I usually wear 'em at night or when I play tennis or footsal. At -0.75 I can find easilly the daily disposable contacts (20 euros for 30) or the monthly disposable contacts (20 euros for 6). For my daily routine I still prefer glasses.

Grunt said,
Not everyone can wear contacts, or for that matter have a prescription that contacts can fix. E.g. I'm -0.75 in one eye, but contacts only go from -1.0 in .25 increments.
and some people with Astigmatism can't get contacts to fit.

And you also need to have properly hydrated eyes for contacts, I believe, so people who has issues like that still have to wear regular glasses.

For people in the US (maybe other country... not sure) there is Lasik surgery. That corrects the lens so it goes 20/20. Ads indicate it works with astigmatism too but I'm not sure what is exactly involved or the cost factor. I've never personally had it done

P.S. - I wear glasses on a daily basis... I have a strong prescription (not sure what though) and have astigmatism.

shinji257 said,
For people in the US (maybe other country... not sure) there is Lasik surgery. That corrects the lens so it goes 20/20. Ads indicate it works with astigmatism too but I'm not sure what is exactly involved or the cost factor. I've never personally had it done

P.S. - I wear glasses on a daily basis... I have a strong prescription (not sure what though) and have astigmatism.

They charge you per eye (novel ain't it?). There's Lasik, Lase, and PRK. I think PRK is better than Lasik by the way.

So doesn't the GG have magnification software, could it compensate... I guess I have no idea what this is, I'm thinking Terminator or the Borg!

PS. Gonna check out Gunnars.

Grunt said,
Not everyone can wear contacts, or for that matter have a prescription that contacts can fix. E.g. I'm -0.75 in one eye, but contacts only go from -1.0 in .25 increments.
and some people with Astigmatism can't get contacts to fit.

Whilst you are correct that not everyone can wear contacts, it is not correct to say that contact lens prescriptions do not exist in -0.75, they do. I fit contact lenses and it is easy to get contact lenses in prescriptions from -6.00 to +6.00 on 0.25 increments, yes even 0.00, although only used for some therapeutic reasons. -0.75 is readily available from all contact lens manufacturers. Astigmatics are slightly more complicated but again most can be fitted, if not with dailies but with monthlies.
The google glasses are very interesting and while they not have any yet in a prescription, that is only a matter of time, it's just simple optics at the glasses level.

shinji257 said,
I have a strong prescription (not sure what though) and have astigmatism.

Same here. Mine is so bad, the Lasik people in my area say even with multiple treatments, I will always wear glasses.

I feel like Google is excluding me on purpose. Good thing I'm camp MS.

dude lasik is like 3k an eye. Not everyone has that much money to spend on vision correction, and you are advised not to do it til you're atleast 30