Global leader in optical innovation, Rochester Optical, has announced that it has begun offering prescription lenses for Snapchat’s Spectacles. The product is available for purchase for the price of $99-$199 depending on the type of lens, and has an estimated delivery date of 2-3 days + 1 day of shipping.
Snapchat’s Spectacles were unveiled a couple of months ago as a pair of smart glasses designed specifically for Snapchat users. The Spectacles are no technological breakthrough and don’t aim to compete with products such as Google Glass or Microsoft HoloLens in their respective niche markets, especially given the fact that Snapchat’s product doesn’t have a heads up display. Nevertheless, the Spectacles are equipped with a camera giving Snapchat users a new and convenient method of recording and sharing Snaps. Unfortunately and not unlike other types of smart glasses, the Spectacles cannot be acquired with prescription lenses, meaning that people who rely on visual aids may find it difficult to wear and use them. However, the good news is that Rochester Optical is now creating prescription lenses for Snapchat Spectacles, with prices ranging from $99 to $199. Prospective buyers can choose from four lens types including standard plastic, high-index, polarized Rx sun, and photochromic. Standard plastic lenses cost $99, high-index lenses cost $149, and the remaining two types of lenses carry a price tag of $199 each. All of the aforementioned lens options are available only for single-vision prescriptions.
Keep in mind that the costs above do not include the Snapchat Spectacles themselves, which have become a rather hot commodity due to how difficult it is to acquire them – so much so that a pair of Spectacles were sold for close to $1,000 on eBay last month. Instead, Spectacles owners will have to ship their Spectacles to Rochester Optical in New York via a traceable shipping method after placing an order, and Rochester Optical will notify users via email and provide tracking information once they ship the product. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time for Rochester Optical to cross the line between conventional optics and smart eyepieces, having already manufactured prescription lenses for other smart products including Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens, Epson Moverio, and the Vuzix M100.