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Google Searches For Style

By The New York Times

February 22, 2013

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Google and others are developing wearable technology such as glasses and watches, but the unbecoming appearance of some of the devices is prompting efforts to improve aesthetics.

Google is in discussions with online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker to create a more stylish version of its Google Glass frames, which enable wearers to see the Internet but require an ungainly battery and small processor.

A significant advance in ubiquitous computing, Google Glass uses a voice-controlled Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Internet connection to enable users to record videos, take pictures, use email, view maps, and search the Web. However, making the device trendy remains a hurdle, and Google employees who have worn the glasses publicly have received negative feedback on their appearance.

Google’s design team worked to reduce the size of components in the frame, which 18 months ago weighed more than eight pounds and now weighs less than an average pair of sunglasses. Striving to woo fashion-forward women, Google also has introduced new frame colors and might open retail stores to enable consumers to try on the glasses.

Meanwhile, Apple designers are developing curved glass that is both attractive and comfortable for possible use in a smart watch.

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