Google Glass: has apps, can’t work with prescriptions

While Google showed off some apps for its wearable tech, it also admitted that they won't work for people who need prescription glasses.

While Google showed off some apps for its wearable tech, it also admitted that they won't work for people who need prescription glasses.

Google's Sergey Brin models Google Glass. (Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Despite already being preemptively banned by a social-media savvy Seattle bar looking for some clever publicity, there's still more than a few people excited about Google Glass.

At the South by South West (SXSW) festival, Google showed the Glass in action working with a number of apps, including Evernote, Skitch, Path, New York Times and, of course, Gmail.

When an email arrives, voice commands can be used to display the message, as well as writing back. The Evernote app will allow images to be shared to the service, while the New York Times app will push news headline to your display. Engadget has a gallery of slides from the presentation.

Meanwhile, Google has confirmed with one of our CNET US colleagues that Google Glass cannot, somewhat whimsically, be used by anyone currently using prescription spectacles.

Google said that while it hadn't engineered a solution for the reportedly 1.3 billion wearers of glasses in the world, it was "preparing additional models that are designed to work for people who require prescription lenses". Sadly, no formal timeline exists for these models.

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