Google Glass Hack Allows For Prescription Lenses

Google Glass Hack Allows For Prescription Lenses

Detachable eyepiece makes it easy to use your own glasses with the new technology.

Ross Brooks
  • 16 august 2013

Despite it’s many applications, there is one way in which Google Glass doesn’t quite live up to it’s name – they don’t work very well as an actual pair of glasses, or at least, they didn’t until one enthusiast decided to solve the problem for himself.

While Google say they are working on a pair of prescription glasses, no release date has been set.

There is always the option of wearing contact lenses, but for R/GA’s VP of Technology and Invention Will Turnage, it seemed silly to have to wear lenses in order to then wear a pair of glasses as well – not to mention he suffers from astigmatism in both eyes.

Using magnets and Sugru – a self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight – Turnage hacked together his own pair of prescription Google Glass.

Using Sugru to attach a pair of magnets to his existing prescription frames, Turnage then removed the titanium frame from Google Glass, before attaching two magnets to the Google Glass earpiece.


The result is a standalone Google Glass earpiece that automatically attaches to his existing prescription frames – the placement of the Glass screen aligning perfectly with his prescription frames.

This particular hack means Turnage still has easy access to his glass, without having to change from one pair of glasses to another whenever he wants to make use of Google Glass. Now, he can focus on developing an app for the platform without worrying about being able to see what it is he’s actually coding.


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