Google Glass may have spied its prescription lens partner, and by extension, so much more.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is in talks with VSP Global, a US vision benefits provider and frames and lens producer.
The companies are in early discussions about developing prescription lenses just for Glass, more fashionable frames and even putting the gadgets in optometry offices.
VSP provides a vision plan for Google, has 60 million enrolled members and counts 30,000 eye doctors in its networks – all assets that could help bring Glass to a broader audience. More than 110 million Americans wear corrective lenses, so Google would be wise to widen Glass’ reach.
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As the Journal noted, VSP could help Google develop more looks for Glass too.
Google Glass 2, complete with earbud, has already been unveiled, but its look isn’t exactly hip aside from an early adopter semblance.
The talks may lead to nowhere of course, and though it wasn’t mentioned in today’s report, another firm called Rochester Optical has said it will release prescription lenses for Glass in early 2014. The company also plans to provide "fashion and sports lenses" for the eyewear.
According to The Verge, Rochester Optical is not working with Google to develop its lenses.
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