Last May, we published an opinion piece that suggested Google Glass as we know it right now is no iPad, and it will almost certainly not become a mass-market success. What it might do, however, is launch a bold new category and eventually lead to better, less conspicuous designs that actually have a chance of proliferating.

Meet Laforge and its connected eyewear dubbed “Icis.”

As noted by ZDNet, Laforge is a new company looking to raise money for its Icis eyewear, a Google Glass competitor that will be as fashionable as it is functional. Or rather, it might be as fashionable as it is functional; Laforge is crowdfunding the project and is looking to raise $80,000. As of the time of this writing, the company’s Indigogo campaign had raised just over $10,500.

The video below shows Laforge’s vision for Icis, which would be integrated into a variety of fashionable specs and would provide transparent displays in the lenses for a more engrossing (and distracting, perhaps — user experience.