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Now that Google is getting close to the public release of the Google Glass—the futuristic, internet-connected glasses that debuted on Diane von Furstenberg's runway last season—they are starting to reconsider the aesthetic appeal of the accessory. The New York Times reports that Google is negotiating with eyewear brand Warby Parker to help it design frames that are more fashionable than the lens-less prototype above.
The rumor hasn't been confirmed—the Times cites two anonymous sources and both Google and Warby Parker declined to comment—but assuming it's true, hopefully we can look forward to glasses that don't look like they came with the Lego space station set
we you owned circa 1985.
We haven't experimented with the Glass in person, but the Times reports that Glass wearers can "take pictures or record video without using their hands, send the images to friends or post them online, see walking directions, search the Web by voice command and view language translations." The glasses work when the wearer speaks, touches the frame, or moves his head.
If that doesn't sound like a recipe for unintentionally sent emails to you, you can head here to apply to be one of a small group of early adapters who will have the opportunity to buy the Glass first.
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