Google in Talks With Eyewear E-commerce Company Warby Parker to Create Fashionable Internet Glasses

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February 21, 2013 ‐ By
Google co-founder Sergey Brinn wearing the Google Glass. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Google co-founder Sergey Brinn wearing the Google Glass. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

When Google introduced its glasses last year, it was basically a tiny computer processor on your face. Now the company wants to make Google Glass not just an Internet-enabled pair of glasses, but a stylish pair of Internet-enabled glasses.

The New York Times reports that Google is in talk with eyewear e-commerce company Warby Parker to come up with a a better looking design for the glasses. Neither company would comment for the paper.

Google is currently accepting applications to give a choice few the chance to pay $1,500 to purchase a pair of the glasses, pre-trendy design. In their current design, they give the wearer the ability to take pictures and video, send it, and do all sorts of other Web functions by voice command. They don’t have lenses, the Times says, but the new design would offer prescription lenses and a pair of sunglasses.

Diane von Furstenberg with Google's Sergey Brinn in September, watching a practice show with the Google Glass. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Diane von Furstenberg with Google’s Sergey Brinn in September, watching a practice show with the Google Glass. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

The glasses have already made it to the catwalk, appearing in the Diane von Furstenberg runway show.

“For Google, the glasses are a major step toward its dream of what is known as ubiquitous computing — the idea that computers and the Internet will be accessible anywhere and we can ask them to do things without lifting a finger.,” the Times says. The article also highlights the current trend towards wearable technology. There’s word now that the Apple iWatch is on its way. Even the US Postal Service is getting in on the action. The fashion line that it announced yesterday, “Rain Heat & Snow,” will involve some sort of “wearable electronics.”

Google released a video showing all of the uses for the glasses. What do you think of them? Useful or you’ll pass?

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