Isabelle Olsson, a senior industrial designer at Google, on Thursday posted the following message about the company’s ambitious new wearable computers, which had been first demonstrated in a concept video released on April 4.
I really enjoyed reading all of the comments and questions about the design photos we released. Here’s a question I saw a few times: “I use prescription glasses. Will this work for me?” We ideally want Project Glass to work for everyone, and we’re experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different types of frames. Many of our team members wear glasses, too, so it’s definitely something we’re thinking about. Here’s an early mock-up to show how the device might work with prescription glasses. Please keep the feedback coming.
Olsson included the photo (above) of a model wearing prescription Google Project Glass glasses.
As shown off in Google’s earlier video, the glasses will be voice controlled, and should let a wearer retrieve information from the Web and “layer” it on top of their view of the physical world around them, including real-time navigation directions that pop up in front of the user’s eyes.
Google wants the new device to give users the ability to record videos and snap photos of whatever they are looking at, listen to music, and participate in video conferencing as well.
No price for the Project Glass glasses has been released, let alone any rough release date, but The New York Times earlier reported that they would be available for purchase by the end of the year.
The glasses have also been spotted in the wild, worn by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at a charity event, although he told The Verge that “right now you really just see it reboot.”