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Google introduces prescription-friendly designer Glass frames, will be covered under some insurance plans


Google unveiled four new frames for Glass today—dubbed “The Titanium Collection”—that are compatible with prescription lenses. The frames will come in several different colors and styles to suit most users’ tastes. The actual Glass hardware attaches to the side with a single screw. Two different clip-on sunglasses will also be available.

The frames are, as the name implies, manufactured from titanium to make them as light as possible in order to counter the weight added by the Glass hardware attached to the right side. All of the designs are created in-house by a team at Google led by Isabelle Olsson.

Perhaps even more impressive, the New York Times notes that all of the frames will be covered under plans from VSP, the nation’s largest optical insurance provider.

Image via Wired

Image via Wired

The new designs may not keep you from being thrown out of a movie theater and questioned by Homeland Security, but they might help you look like less of a technophile in public, which is precisely Google’s goal with the new frames.

All of the frames are available today through Google for $255. The sunglasses will run for $150. None of the frames include the Glass system, which must be purchased separately.

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