Google Glass

Full device specs round out an evening of Google Glass news

We've seen that Google is getting ready to ship out Google Glass Explorer units, the developer preview of the Mirror API, and the Android companion app already this evening, and now it's time for the device specs. Google has released the tech specs of Google Glass, and it should answer some of the questions folks have. 

  • Fit: Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face. Extra nosepads in two sizes.
  • Display: High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
  • Camera: Photos - 5 MP; Videos - 720p
  • Audio: Bone Conduction Transducer
  • Connectivity: Wifi - 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
  • Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
  • Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
  • Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
  • Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone. The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

We're not really worried about things like CPUs and GPUs, or on-board RAM, and it looks like they have covered what's going to be important. The all day battery life is almost a must have with any wearable computer, so we hope that rings true. Also worth noting that Any phone with Bluetooth is said to be compatible. We'll soon know more about both I imagine.

Source: Google


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Google details Glass specifications - bone conduction audio, 12GB usable storage, full day of 'typical use' battery life


I wonder how they define "one full day."

Is that an 8 hour civil service employee shift? Is it 12 hours? Is it 16 hours, assuming a person sleeps 8? Is it a full clock a real actual day?

I think it's easier to say that it averages a full day of use than say a specific "6 hours" or "12 hours". Similarly to smartphones, the usage can vary wildly and drain the glasses faster in heavy use. It sounds like they're positioning the battery life to be similar to what we expect out of smartphones nowadays -- when you leave for a typical work day till when you get back home.

I was merely pointing out that it's useless to even say at all since there's no such thing as typical use and full day is vague. It's marketing speak that means nothing.

Exactly. Can't count how many phones included a battery supposedly sufficient for a day's use which really means you might get 24 hours if on wifi and absolutely no use, or about 12 hours on LTE with no use. Hopefully Google Glass doesn't come with the same bs.

Amazing specs for such a device, the bone conduction audio is a nice feature. I just wonder how much heat is this thing going to generate, and if this will somehow damage your eyes on the long run.

Specs are impressive, but it's so "taped glasses" nerd looking. And in social situations wearing them could make you an instant pariah.

I hear you. I'm surprised anyone who doesn't have to wear prescription glasses would be interested in Glass at all. Wearing glasses is a major PITA.

Personally I'm gonna wait for the ocular implant model.

If you DO have to wear prescription glasses I don't think smart glass is usable anyway.

Even if you can get them to fit over the top of your glasses, the focal point wont match the lens of your glasses.

What I really wonder, is what happens if I already have prescription glasses? Do I have to wear contact lenses or does Google Glass come with optic lenses? It seems a bit superfluous to wear both contact lenses (which I have never worn before, since I am comfortable with glasses) AND Google Glass.
As this is a product for nerd, there should be many people with the same problem :)

I remember reading somewhere that you will be able to use a prescription with the lenses. I might be way off though...

You aren't. That is indeed correct. Google is working together with numerous manufacturers (RayBan, among others, but that's the only one I remember because they make the frames I use) to allow for use by people who use prescription lenses/glasses. They should be ready for release by the end of the year (for consumers).

So yay for people who wear glasses! (Like me.)

why? It's silent to everyone around you, and is less taxing on the battery than conventional headphones. It also takes up less space and is less likely to damage your hearing.

You and me both. I've got severe astigmatism in my right eye, so until they quit discriminating against us left-eyes, I'll feign interest. #separatebutnotequal #wrongsideofhistory

Google got a patent for a left eyed glass variant you pleb. Quit with the useless hashtags on a blog post too. Theres no reason to use them here.