Google Releases Glass Specs

Full Day Battery Life, 5MP Camera, 720p Video, 16GB Flash Memory & Bone Conduction Transducer

Google has released the tech specs for its Google Glasses after shipping its first batch to developers today. So without further ado, here’s what you need to know.

Google Glass is an attempt to free data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and place it right in front of your eyes.

Essentially, Google Glass is a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames so that you can perch a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go.

The principle is one that has been around for years in science fiction, and more recently it’s become a slightly clunky reality. In fact, the “heads-up display” putting data in your field of vision became a reality as early as 1900 when the reflector sight was invented.

Google Glass

Display: How would the screen look like? Google claims that the experience is equivalent to looking at a 25-inch full HD screen from a distance of eight feet. The device features a high resolution display. According to reports, Glass has a 640 x 360 display.

Camera: The front-facing camera is capable of capturing 5-megapixel still images and recording video in 720p (not full HD, but not too shabby).

Because no hands are required to operate them, Google Glass is supposed to make it easier for people to take pictures or record video by just a voice command.

Audio: As revealed through recently published patent applications, audio will be via bone conduction, which essentially turns the wearer’s head into an amplifier and it is a sensation that will be familiar to anyone who uses a waterproof MP3 player.

Storage: The device is geared up to sync with Google cloud storage by default so running out of space shouldn’t be an issue as long as the wearer can get an internet connection. However, it will come with an inbuilt 16 GB of total flash storage on-baord, of which 12 GB is usable. The 4GB storage will be given up to its operating system.

Connectivity & compatibility: Google Glass supports wi-fi and Bluetooth. For charging and wired data transfer, the device features a micro USB port and Google recommends that it is charged every night, suggesting a full day’s use is possible on one charge, but not if they’re used for video conferencing or video recording.

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