Google Glass seeks to defy sceptics with Oakley and Ray-Ban collections

Google is seeking to dispel scepticism about its Google Glass wearable technology by partnering with glasses maker Luxottica to make Ray-Ban and Oakley versions of the device.

Google Glass: Luxottica is to make Ray-Ban and Oakley versions of the device
Google Glass: Luxottica is to make Ray-Ban and Oakley versions of the device

The tie-up comes shortly after Google went on the defensive concerning its Google Glass product with a blog that sought to dispel ten "urban myths", including one that stated "Glass Explorers are technology wearing geeks"

Google’s partnership with Luxottica will "match up high-tech developers with fashion designers and eyewear professionals" in order to create a team devoted to "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products that straddle the line between high fashion, lifestyle and innovative technology".

Luxottica has confirmed its Ray-Ban and Oakley brands will form part of the collaboration with Glass with further details to be disclosed at a later date.

Andrea Guerra, chief executive officer at Luxottica Group, said: "We have come to a point where we now have both a technology push and a consumer pull for wearable technology products and applications.

"Seeing such a future, over the last years, Luxottica invested heavily in building-out our technology platforms and digital solutions to combine with our products excellence.

"We believe that a strategic partnership with a leading player like Google is the ideal platform for developing a new way forward in our industry and answering the evolving needs of consumers on a global scale."

Luxottica has previously experimented with integrating MP3 and heads-up display (HUD) technology into its glasses.

The two companies claim the first collection of glasses will combine high-end technology with "avant-garde design" and claim the "sophistication and elegance" of the products will be a big step forward in wearable technology. 

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