There’s been a lot of excitement and anticipation for Google’s Glass, and not without reason – a computer wearable on your eyes controlled by voice and able to take pictures and videos? Bring it on, said many consumers. And now, Google has gone ahead and released some of the technical specs of Glass.
Glass uses a 640 x 360 pixels display, which sounds quite low, but is equivalent of a 25 inch high-definition screen from eight feet away,” making it more than sufficient for a display mounted so close to the eyes. The camera is a 5-megapixel unit that can record 720p videos that can be stored on the 16GB built-in storage (12GB available for use) and synced with the cloud (Google Drive).
As for audio, Glass uses a Bone Induction transducer to transfer sound to your ears. The device comes with adjustable nose pads in a frame that should fit any face, with extra pads in two sizes included in the package. When it comes to connectivity, Glass features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth, while an app called MyGlass for Android 4.0.3 and above will enable GPS and SMS support as well.
Google also mentions the battery life, which is no doubt one of the major concerns with any such device – the glasses will be able to last a full day with typical usage, though functions like Hangouts and video recording will obviously go through battery juice much quicker. Google recommends using the packed-in USB cable and charger to “preserve long and prosperous Glass use,” though any microUSB charger will be supported (this isn’t Apple we’re talking about, after all.)
Not too fancy of specs people might have been expecting, but then again, this isn’t something out of a Star Trek movie so we’ll have to live with these seemingly paltry specs. As long as it works awesome though, I’m sure no one will complain. I certainly won’t.
Glass is slated for an early 2014 launch for consumers, at a price under $1,500.
Google Glass Specifications
- 640 x 360 pixels display
- 5-megapixel camera, 720p video
- 16GB built-in storage, cloud sync
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
- GPS, SMS support via MyGlass app
- Bone Induction for Audio
- One day battery life