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Google Glass 2 release adds prescription glasses support

Google is on the verge of releasing a second version of the Google Glass device with the new wearable technology set to be able to be used by people that already wear prescription glasses for the first time.

Glass Explorers, as those that already own the hardware are referred to by Google, will be able to upgrade to the new model and in addition to this the new update comes with a mono earbud.

“…later this year, all Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud,” Google stated via the Glass G+ page.

Google has also moved to expand the program by allowing anyone that is a member of the Explorer Program to invite up to three friends to join in. The invites themselves are free of charge, however, the Google Glass 2 headset will still set them back $1,500 [£932].

The G+ update comes with a video that shows off the device's capabilities in all 50 US states and captures settings such as the Empire State Building in New York and Washington Monument in the capital city Washington DC.

Google Glass was first unveiled back in April 2012 and developers have been working hard ever since to create apps that take advantage of the unique piece of kit.

Wearables are increasingly being talked up as the future must-have pieces of technology with Google Glass very much a part of this marketplace. Estimates expect the wearables market to grow at a rate of 50 per cent per year until 2017 when shipments will have reached some 64 million units.