Google Glass is a nifty piece of tech, but to some designers its dorky cyborg look is not the most attractive.
Among them is Sourcebits, a San Francisco design and development firm that recently picked up a couple of Google Glass devices and was not impressed by the design.
“We thought it was too futuristic and didn’t have a mainstream appeal,” said Rahul Nihalani, the product director at Sourcebits. “We thought we could do a better job.”
So they did.
Nihalani and his team created rendered images of what they think Google Glass should look like.
Sourcebits’ design resembles the black, thick-frame glasses that are popular these days. The design would allow users to take advantage of Google Glass’ features without having to look like a geek.
For now, Nihalani said it might be tricky for Google to fit all the components of Glass into his team’s slim design, but he said that as hardware gets smaller, he fully expects Glass to one day be able to camouflage as a normal pair of glasses.
“In a couple of years this is definitely where Google Glass could end up,” he said.
For now, Google has sold Glass only to a couple of thousand developers and early adopters for $1,500. The company has yet to release the product to the public. But when it does, Glass may have a more subtle design.
The New York Times reported that Google was in talks with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up that sells trendy glasses. The report said Google and Warby Parker were in talks to give Glass a more fashionable look.