If the one thing that's holding you back from adopting Google Glass
and joining the wearable computing market is the lack of trendy designs
, you're in luck. Google is teaming up with The Luxottica Group, a company that specializes in luxury and sports eyewear. While you may not have heard of Luxottica, there's a good chance you're familiar with at least one of its brands, which includes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikkli, and Arnette.
This partnership marks the latest effort by Google to make its Glass platform trendy and hip. You may recall that earlier this year, Google launched the Titanium Collection, and if you fast forward to today, Google says there are more than 40 different ways for Explorers to make Glass their own.
As for this new partnership, it's tough to tell what exactly Google Glass and Luxottica have planned. One thing the Google Glass team did say is that, "You're not going to see Glass on your favorite Oakleys or Ray-Bans tomorrow, but today marks the start of a new chapter in Glass's design." In other words, give it some time before you see a custom pair of Oakleys rocking Google Glass.
We also expect to see some brand new Glass options from this partnership. The Google Glass team says Luxottica will bring its design and manufacturing expertise to the mix, and together the two outfits will offer even more Glass style choices to its Explorers line.