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.

Sourcebits Re-imagines Glass

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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  • Slight

    Does anyone else think it's unwise to have an active bluetooth device up against your head all day everyday? Surely you can't just ignore the huge amounts of empirical evidence showing that long term exposure to EMF of bluetooth strength causes serious tissue damage. Mainly to your brain.

    I like the idea and I think the visual component is less invasive than Google glass and overall more natural looking. The microchip should be built into glasses so there's inherent need for constant bluetooth connectivity. It should also be designed in a way that requires the user to initiate online connections and generally functions offline except for receiving incoming data which can generally be done without sending much, if any, data back which obviously requires your device to emit EMF in response.

  • Nigel Ingham

    I'm old enough to remember Sir Clive Sinclair - Google Glass smacks of his Sinclair C5, the right intent, but perhaps released  too early and hence media portrayed you as a bit of an idiot using. I love the Google guys and applaud the inventiveness.

    Sinclair and the C5 [ and inherently where he could have taken it ] suffered long term because media, such as you , were intent on ridicule. If innovators do not push boundaries, progress will never happen.

    I applaud Glass. no I didn't get one, sadly, but these things shape our future, whether in this form or another.

    Google Glass will of course end up looking good. Technology will change, stick on strips for Spectacles/Sunglasses for wi-fi connectivity, allied to thin adaptive displays for the eyesight lens.

    The key to it all right now is not how fashionable it looks, but how future proofed Google has made the interactivity to data.

    It's a wonderful world :-)

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