Framing the future – Luxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses, is teaming up with Google.
The Italian company will develop and distribute designs based on Google’s internet-connected Glass eyewear.
The glasses – with a built in miniature computer screen – are due to go on sale next year, potentially bringing the new technology to a wider market.
“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 Chief Executive Officer Andrea Guerra said.
Google Glass can record video, access emails, and retrieve information from the web by connecting wirelessly to a user’s mobile phone.
Many technology experts believe wearable computers such as Google Glass will be the next big market for consumer devices, and could mirror the way smartphones evolved from personal computers.
However, some express concern over issues such as privacy intrusion, data security and the safety of wearing internet-connected glasses while performing other tasks.