Peep This Google Glass Hack For People Who Already Wear Glasses

R/GA's Will Turnage was excited to make the most of his Google Glass—until he realized he couldn't wear them over his normal glasses.

When we talk about Google Glass, two questions often come to mind: Will it ever look good? And what about the technophiles among us who aren't blessed with 20/20 vision?

Though Google has yet to address the first question, it has said it's working on a way for people to add frames and lenses to Glass that match their prescription, though that capability won't be available for the device's first edition.

Google's proposal for lens and frame support for Glass.

In the interim, there's this Google Glass hack, conceived by Will Turnage, the bespectacled VP of technology and invention at the agency R/GA, who picked up his Explorer Edition Glass and quickly realized there was no way to effectively wear both his normal glasses and Glass at the same time. (And yes, he knows contact lenses exist.)

"I tried wearing both frames at once (disaster) and I tried switching between Google Glass and my prescription glasses throughout the day. Neither option worked well. The benefits of Google Glass come from constant use over time. If I had to pull out Glass and put them on each time a card showed up on my Timeline, that experience would be no different than pulling out my cell phone."

Turnage used a strong, self-setting rubber called Sugru to attach a pair of magnets to his regular glasses. Then, he separated Glass's earpiece (the part that contains the computer) from the titanium frame and attached two magnets to that. The end result is an easily affixable (and detachable) accessory for your glasses that just happens to double as a $1,500 miniature computer.

Here's the final result:



And here's Turnage trying it on:



Read more about Turnage's hack on R/GA's Tech Blog.

[Image: Flickr user kenteegardin; inline images: R/GA]

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  • eddbagenal

    Ahahahaaaa! I can see the Design team at Google tearing their hair out over this-
    * HOW....DARE....HEEEEE! * . I know Jane who invented SUGRU well. It's a super disruptive and invaluable material. Good on you.

  • Jdh40 75

    About how much force would it require to remove glass from the side of the glasses? I'm imagining bumping into a stranger while getting onto a subway, where glass falls through the door and the platform and down into the abyss. 

    Another risk, would be with physical activity, for those who want to go for a dirt bike ride. Without falling, would a strong head turn or shake make it fall off? 
    Thanks, and great article. 

  • Will Turnage

    The bone speaker still touches the skull and works great.  If you look closely in the last picture, you'll see that the bone speaker extends past the part of the earpiece that curves around the ear.

  • Renato Murakami

    Hmm nice! Thanks for the hack Will, with something simple like that I might get a Glass for me too. :D