Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Goggle Glass to Come in Rx and Sunglass Form, and VSP to Offer Coverage for Them

"Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected Glass goggles," according to an AP report on Yahoo!News. "The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population this year...On Tuesday, Google plans to make four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers" — the people who are trying out Glass. The frames...will cost $225 and the shades, $150." Read more. Another AP story witha variety of images appears at this link.

Meanwhile, Google Glasses will not be an out of pocket expanse. It's covered by insurance, at least VSP. "Google and VSP, the nation’s biggest optical health insurance provider, have struck a deal to offer subsidized frames and prescription lenses for Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear," reports the New York Times. "The announcement could take wearable devices, which tech analysts say are the next wave of computing, out of the realm of science fiction and into the mainstream by making them more affordable and giving them a medical stamp of approval. And it opens the door to a new level of cooperation between the health care and consumer electronics industries, which could lead to a world in which people wear or even ingest computers." Read more.

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