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Will Google Glass Ever Look Good?

Sure, you can't buy Google Glass yet, but that won't keep us from asking when it will stop looking ridiculous.

  • <p>Glass's lead designer Isabelle Olsson designed an ad hoc pair of frames for Glass's marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg, pictured here.</p>
  • <p>A few developers at the startup <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3014779/tech-forecast/would-you-wear-google-glass-if-it-looked-like-this#1" target="_self">Sourcebits</a> created mockups for the version of Glass they wanted to see.</p>
  • <p>The entrepreneur Hind Hobeika's <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3016356/dialed/how-hind-hobeika-created-the-google-glass-of-swim-goggles" target="_self">Instabeat</a> is like a version of Glass that works underwater to monitor your heartbeat, calories, and number of laps and flip turns, all in real time.</p>
  • <p>This <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3016365/hyped-google-glass-competitor-telepathy-barely-exists" target="_self">Japanese device</a> focuses on allowing the wearer to share a video feed. It recently raised $5 million in funding from the VC fund Firsthand Technology Value.</p>
  • <p>This $299 pair of <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3015038/fast-feed/looking-for-a-cheap-and-chic-alternative-to-google-glass#1" target="_self">glasses</a> doesn't make calls or transmit photos or videos; it simply relays information from your various smartphone apps via Bluetooth. Its <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/glassup-augmented-reality-glasses-that-display-messages-from-your-smartphone" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> campaign ends Saturday.</p>
  • <p>A team of students at the Royal College of Art in London designed <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672523/students-design-an-ar-device-to-one-up-google-glass" target="_self">Eidos</a> to offer a more "extreme" augmented reality experience than Glass.</p>
  • 01 /06
    | Google Glass Reimagined For The Fashion Crowd

    Glass's lead designer Isabelle Olsson designed an ad hoc pair of frames for Glass's marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg, pictured here.

  • 02 /06
    | Sourcebits Re-imagines Glass

    A few developers at the startup Sourcebits created mockups for the version of Glass they wanted to see.

  • 03 /06
    | Instabeat

    The entrepreneur Hind Hobeika's Instabeat is like a version of Glass that works underwater to monitor your heartbeat, calories, and number of laps and flip turns, all in real time.

  • 04 /06
    | Telepathy One

    This Japanese device focuses on allowing the wearer to share a video feed. It recently raised $5 million in funding from the VC fund Firsthand Technology Value.

  • 05 /06
    | GlassUp

    This $299 pair of glasses doesn't make calls or transmit photos or videos; it simply relays information from your various smartphone apps via Bluetooth. Its Indiegogo campaign ends Saturday.

  • 06 /06
    | Eidos

    A team of students at the Royal College of Art in London designed Eidos to offer a more "extreme" augmented reality experience than Glass.

Dorky as it looks, it's hard to say Google Glass remains on the periphery of the fashion world, especially not after it was featured prominently in the pages of the September issue of Vogue.

Google Glass isn't even widely available for purchase yet, but many have asked: How long will it be before there's a version that doesn't make us cringe on sight? A Google+ post by Glass's lead designer Isabelle Olsson published a few weeks ago could give us a clue. Olsson posted photos of Glass's marketing manager, Amanda Rosenberg, sporting some inarguably stylish, custom-designed frames Olsson had made for her.

Last June, Olsson said the Glass team had collaborations with sunglasses, prescription glasses, and other forms in mind. Although we've heard rumors of a partnership between Google and Warby Parker, we have yet to see what that could look like.

In the meantime, both fashionable and aesthetically questionable Glass alternatives alike have been rapidly cropping up. From smart, waterproof goggles for swimmers to a budget-friendly $299 pair, check out some of the newest Glass alternatives in our slide show above.

[Images: Google]

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Google+; 02 / Sourcebits; 03 / Instabeat; 04 / Telepathy; 05 / GlassUp; 06 / Eidos;