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HometechnologyGoogle partners with Ray-Ban, Oakley for new glass designs

Google partners with Ray-Ban, Oakley for new glass designs

Is the current look of Google Glass a bit too … dorky for you? You're probably not the only one who thinks so. Thankfully, Google is collaborating with Ray-Ban and Oakley on some designs you might actually want to wear.

A model shows off Augmate, a digital eyewear platform for Google glass at the Wearable Tech Fashion Show during Social Media Week.Olivia C | TechInMotion

Luxottica Group, the Italian parent company of both brands, announced the partnership in a press release Monday, saying the companies will "design, develop, and distribute a new breed of eyeware for Glass."

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Oakley already makes a slightly Glass-like product, the Airwave ski goggles, but it hasn't generated quite the amount of buzz as Google's gadget.

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Details are few and far between now, but it's something to look forward to if you like the idea of Glass but don't dig the quasi-futuristic look. Perhaps putting that tiny screen and camera in a pair of vintage-look Ray-Ban Travelers or swoopy Oakley shades will make them a bit easier to accept for the public to accept, too.

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NBC News contacted Luxottica for more details on the nature and timing of the products, such as whether they would be self-contained devices or simply made to accommodate Glass. A representative for the company indicated that, as the partnership was only announced Monday, such things have not yet been settled.

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