Never mind computer equipped "glasses" like Google Glass; actual glasses—the ones with lenses meant for aiding one's ability to see—have undergone some technological enhancements, the result of which proves that the hundreds of years-old technology is still pretty great. The latest innovations, at least according to The New York Times's David Pogue, just look pretty goofy and not all that useful.
Eyewear maker Adlense has created an adjustable pair of glasses, which have protruding knobs filled with water that allow the wearer to set a custom-fit prescription. Pogue claims they have "distinct advantages," such as: different people can wear the same pair of glasses, or you can tweak them at different times of day, or restaurants might give them out to people who forgot their reading glasses. But, first you have to be okay with looking totally goofy. The pair Pogue is fiddling with above in that photo are the fashion option, named after John Lennon for their tiny circular lenses. The "Emergensee" looks like a pair of lab goggles.
But beyond the fashion part of things—which will keep people from buying something that they have to wear on their faces day after day—Adlense's offerings don't sound as advantageous as Pogue argues. Having your very own pair of glasses is worth it for most people, because what if you want to wear them and the other person has the Adlense? Maybe it's good for just keeping around the house—just in case, as a back-up. And, how often do people really need to adjust their prescriptions?