Google Glass Will Now Be Covered By Health Insurance

Google Glass Will Now Be Covered By Health Insurance

VSP and Google have partnered to offer prescription lenses and frames to Glass Explorers.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 29 january 2014

Health insurance provider VSP Global will now start offering prescription lenses to Google Glass users.

The country’s biggest optical health insurance provider have closed a deal with Google to cover subsidized frames and prescription lenses to Glass Explorers. This move could make wearable devices like the Glass a more common sight.

VSP will reimburse their members based on their prescription plans. The insurance provider and the tech company have also created a training program that will help optometrists learn how to mount the Glass on frames and to make sure that the device fits properly on people’s faces.

The Glass, which has only been previously available to Explorers, will be made available to the public this year. A partnership with a health insurance provider could make the device more affordable and mainstream, especially when paired with more traditional-looking frames and lenses.

As mentioned on a report on The NY Times, wearable devices have always been a challenge for companies because they also need to consider the styling of the device as well as its technical function. That is why most tech companies have partnered with designers and fashion houses to make their wearable tech products more appealing to the public.

Google’s own design team created four frame styles for the Glass and the company is also coming out with two new styles of clip-on sunglasses and Glass users will also have 40 style variations in terms of color, frame, and shades to choose from.

Source: The NY Times

Image: Google


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