Questions about Google Glass and conventional prescription glasses have been flying since the project was announced, but Google finally seem ready to initiate a program to make the two come into conjunction. The Glass team announced frames for prescription lenses and sunglasses for Glass on Google+, along with a glitzy video. The titanium glasses frames will be put up for order exclusively to Glass Explorers later today.

Unfortunately, the solution that Google has presented isn't one size fits all - you'll have to choose from a selection of four standard frames (Split, Thin, Bold, Curve) and order lenses to fit. The titanium frames are pretty pricey as well, with a uniform cost of $225, or $150 for the sunglasses. There are three styles of shades: sporty Edge, Ray Ban-style Classics, and the rimless Active.

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Current Glass owners can order the lenses and attach their Glass units to them without any modification. The focus of the frames is on thin, light designs - hence the titanium build - so as not to add considerable weight to the Glass hardware itself. Once Explorers get their frames, they'll have to take them and the Glass hardware to a Google-trained Eye Care Professional (ECP) to get lenses made and fitted. According to the FAQ, they've already trained professionals in New York San Francisco, and Los Angeles. You can take the frames to a standard optometrist or glasses store (who's going to stop you?) but Google prefers that you see someone on their list for a proper fitting.

If an Explorer has an eyeglass lens prescription issued in the last 12 months, they can take their new Glass frames, Glass itself, and their lens prescription to one of our preferred ECPs to have the frame outfitted with prescription lenses.  Your Glass unit does not need to be left with the ECP, while the frame does.  The ECP then contacts the Explorer when the new frames are ready and the Explorer returns to the ECP for a final fitting.  The Explorer needs to bring along the Glass device as the frames cannot be fitted without it.

The $1500 price of Glass is still pretty exclusionary, and Google probably wants to keep it that way for the time being. Now those developers and early adopters who have already shelled out that considerable sum have a little more flexibility in practical wear and fashion, but they'll have to pay for it - and since the titanium frames can't really be worn without Glass, most of them will need to keep a standard pair of glasses handy as well.

Frames should be posted to the official Google Glass page later today.

Source: Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    That's a bit too much, no?

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      Eh, regular glasses frames aren't cheap either, if they're not bottom shelf quality. I'm wearing some pretty average glasses right now and I believe the frames were $150 or so, and they're definitely not titanium. The difference is that my insurance paid for them, and I don't think my insurance would pay for Google Glass frames.

      • dogulas

        Hey they're still glasses right? Maybe they'll pay for it.

        • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

          These are insurance companies were talking about, so I highly doubt it. Their whole business is trying to NOT pay out.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Insurance my ass, huh

          • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

            Yup. Insurance is an interestingly lucrative business. You're banking on probabilities which are in your favor, and only against you in the event your customers are still paying you.

      • mesmorino

        The difference is that you actually NEED regular glasses frames, which is why your insurance paid for them. In fact, that, and their relative durability, is why they're so expensive in the first place.

        This though? Nah.

        • Brad

          Insurance pays up to X amount... if they'll pay $150 for frames - you're responsible for the rest. Some insurance will cover the whole thing... these are not more expensive than super trendy name brand stuff and people shell out cashola for that.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        It looks like it's possible to get the frames covered by insurance, take a look at the very bottom of this FAQ https://sites.google.com/site/glasscomms/faqs

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

        Agreed. Regular frames aren't cheap. Those are priced fairly. The deal is - if you wear glasses, you already have a pair. So you're shelling out another several hundred to have a pair that goes with your Glass, which makes it seem like a lot. But again, if someone paid $1500 for this, I'm guessing another few hundred is not a huge deal.

      • mustbepbs

        Actually, if you shopped around instead of eating the BS that your optometrist feeds you, you'd know of sites like zennioptical.com . I got a heavy prescription, nice frames and transitions for less than 50 bucks shipped there. I'm not getting paid for this either.

    • Mado

      I think the reason glass frames are expensive because many of these are durable and long-lasting. A good one can literally last for generations. Hence, people won't buy it too often so they put it at high price to make up for the margins. This is very important business decision: the company that makes Crocs got into trouble because those things are so durable, there aren't many repeat customers.

      • Brad

        They should be in trouble for making such horrible things... I'd rather strap old tires to my feet like a soviet prisoner.

  • tocsin

    Looking fly and

  • Yves Theunissen

    Love the design choices Google has made. Glass actually looks less... geeky when combined with the new frames. Which is ironic, since glasses usually add to the geekishness.

    I also believe the price is right. Titanium combined with design equals expensive!

    • Jalok Xlem

      But still geeky. I do love the concept of Google Glass. Just wait 3 or 5 years, until that device is a bit smaller. It is still bulky and noticeable.

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  • mesmorino

    First you make a ridiculously niche product. Then you make it prohibitively expensive. Then you only sell it to an exclusive group of people. Then when this group of people, who are supposed to be your cheerleaders, struggle to find a day-to-day use for your already niche product, what you then do is sell accessories (also expensive) to them because obviously since these people aren't race car drivers or fighter jet pilots and also don't take hot air balloon rides every other weekend, what they obviously need are supercool xtreme shades. That'll help them feel more cool, if not out right XTREME


    • Brendan


      • mesmorino

        Ooh, good one Brendan! Did you have to use all your brain cells to come up with that one?

        • Brendan

          Nope. Did you have to use all of yours to come up with the first letter of your post?

          • mesmorino

            Lol me? Well, I came up with a paragraph of how and why Team Dumbass's dumbass moves are nonsensical.

            You? Well, you, out of nowhere, came up such an obvious and low hanging riposte that I have to wonder which five year old you bribed to come up with it, as you STILL can't seem to come up with your own comebacks.

            Move along sunshine, you're far too dumb to argue successfully with. Or, if your brain isn't likely to overheat from the stress, please explain why I'm a dumbass. Otherwise, do one.

          • xxritcheyxx

            You realize it's still in beta. When it's released to the public it's price will drop and there will be more apps. We just have to wait till then to see if it could be a worthwhile buy.

          • Mary

            You are a jerk
            One who has nothing better to do than complain and be mean
            You are one of the worst kinds of people

          • mesmorino

            I was going to be all civil towards you as I don't know you but fuck it, you caught me in a bad mood, so here you go:

            You are an idiot. One who has nothing better to do than to complain about comments that are months old by people you don't know. You are one of the stupidest kinds of people.

            You need to be civil to get civility Mary, a fact that seems to have escaped you.

    • mustbepbs

      Couldn't agree more. This whole project is ridiculous and reeks of pretentiousness.

    • wjrandon

      I agree with you 100% that's precisely why I turned down my invite to purchase Glass. The project does indeed reek with the aroma of smug arrogance and pretentiousness.

  • Barron

    What happened to the Warby Parker collaboration?

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      I'm sure an official announcement on that isn't too far off now.

    • Bob G

      It's still there. This is just Google's own frames.

  • Brad

    I bet this portion of glass would be covered by vision insurance... this kinda answers my question about how that'd work.

    • TheWholeWorldLiesSun

      Obamacare doesn't cover Google glass.

      • Guest

        "Obamacare" as you call it is an act, not insurance.

  • LibertyBeta

    As an explorer who was waiting on purchase for the frames.... Fuck. Now I need two grand.

  • TheWholeWorldLiesSun

    Glass is too much of a hassle. It's got limited apps, limited connectivity, limited power, and gets you in trouble in nearly any instance it could be used for novelty. So, again, $2000 for a toy to sit at home with lol. Smart purchase!

  • wjrandon

    Google Glass is too rich for my blood. I'll stick with 39 dollar glasses dot com.

  • joser116

    The color of Glass should blend in with the color of the glasses.

    • Stiggy

      I thought the black frames and the white/cream glass unit looked quite nice actually. I feel bad for the people who bought a blue one or orange.