Google Glass: Warby Parker In The Frame To Help With Design

Google's making sure it won't make a spectacle of itself.

So, Google has got this thing, Google Glass—well, these things, these AR glasses, and everyone is going crazy over them. Yesterday we got the closest to seeing what the world looks like when you've got a pair of them perched on your nose, but for Google, the big question must now be, what is the world going to see when they look at a person wearing Google Glass? And so that must be why, says the New York Times, they've gone to one of the newest, coolest eyewear manufacturers out there. And it's one of Fast Company's Most Innovative in Retail 2012.

The report claims that the search engine giant is talking to Warby Parker, the online glasses store with a heart, led by David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, in an attempt to make its glasses look like something you'd want to wear out without making people point, scream, faint (optional) and shriek, "Cyborg, Incoming!" when they see you. Neither firm, of course, would comment on the claim, which emanated from "two people briefed on the negotiations." The current model is glassless, but there is an idea to fit them with either tinted or prescription lenses. There is still no clue as to when Google Glass will be available, but the firm yesterday ratcheted up the excitement another notch with this, the If I Had Glass project. Consider yourself cool, curious, creative, and a U.S. resident over 18? Should Google feel the same about you, then you could become an Explorer (nothing so mundane as testing, eh?) for the project.

Project Glass, the brainchild of Sergey Brin, is probably the best-known of all the upcoming forays into wearable tech—and, perhaps, the concept that is closest to fruition. Earlier this month, it was reported that the F.C.C. has been giving the glasses the once-over, and it has been seen out in the wild at New York Fashion Week last September, at DVF's runway show (she later released a short film, DVF Through Glass, about the specs). But snapping at its heels could be the iWatch, Apple's wearable gadget which, according to a report last week, has 100 product designers seeing to its every whim.

So, which wearable tech item would you rather be seen in? An iOS watch, or Android spectacles? Answers in the comments, please.

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  • Alanna S

    If the quality of Google glasses will be anything like current frames by Warby Parker, then I'd much prefer the iOS watch

  • MockingBird TheWizard

    I have a pebble watch on my wrist and an android on my belt. 

    looking forward to trying the glasses. overall, the watch and the glasses have different purposes. although both can deliver timely messages (sms, who is calling, etc)the watch is likely better for control of media, hand gesture triggers, etc. the headset is best at delivering short but highly relevant content.I expect that in a couple of years the phone will shrink, and end up mostly a cpu, hdd, and memory (desktop pc), the headset will improve image and video quality, and the wrist band will be good enough to capture typing motions. it'll just take a little while for things to find their nitch amongst the other products. optionally, if all the different bits are too expensive, some may prefer the watch, at 1/10th the price of the goggles. 

  • johncoryat

    If it's a "detached" device that I wear on my arm or stick in my pocket, I'll go with the larger screen and more capable pocket version (aka phone). 

    The Google Glass project is different in that it presents an AR screen to the user and can track head position. It can provide timely and appropriate information discreetly to the user. A watch still has to be moved into position and viewed. Not nearly the same. 

  • dizzi90

    Glass, clearly. I wouldn't mind supplementing it with a I'mWatch and having my phone attached to the right arm as well as of course wearing my over the head bluetooth headset. "Argh, Cyborg!"? I for one, welcome our Cyberman-overlords.