In a move that some see as long overdue, Google just signed a deal with Luxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley among other brands, allowing the device to really go mainstream. Luxottica will be producing an exclusive line of eyeglass frames that will cater to the Glass technology.
Initially, this deal is limited to the US market, and focusing on Ray-Ban and Oakley. These won’t be hitting the streets any time soon, according to a FAQ released by Google.
In January, Google began offering Glass frames with prescription lenses. The rumor was that Google had been working with eyewear startup Warby Parker on designer frames, it turns out that Google had designed the prescription frames itself.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Luxottica is not only the single largest manufacturer of eyewear, it controls LensCrafters and Sunglasses Hut – which means you could see Google Glass for sale in as many as 5000 locations. Will you be joining the Glass crowd, affectionately dubbed “Glassholes”, if you could do it with Ray-Ban or Oakley style?