The futuristic Google Glass is about to get a bit more mainstream.
The cutting edge technology project is set for a pairing with eyewear brands like Oakley and Ray-Ban, to produce models that are both tech savvy and stylish.
Google, the brainchild of Jewish co-founder Sergey Brin, recently inked the deal with Italian luxury firm Luxottica, which manufactures the Oakley and Ray-Ban brands.
Luxottica plans to equip new designs with the $1,500 Google Glass gadget, making for an Internet-eyewear device that is more approachable than the current Glass model. Luxottica retails in more than 5,000 US stores, and the new model could hit shelves as early as this year.
“You’re not going to see Glass on your favorite Oakleys or Ray-Bans tomorrow, but today marks the start of a new chapter in Glass’s design,” said a statement from Google posted to Google+.
Google likewise announced last week a partnering with Fossil to create an Internet-connected wristwatch.