Google dishes up the technical specifications of Glass

Google dishes up the technical specifications of Glass
Project Glass is about to become a tangible real product in the hands of a few very soon. There is no shortage of excitement or controversy over this high-tech eyewear.

While the debates over privacy and cheers of enthusiasts will carry on for the foreseeable future, we can take a look at the official specifications of Glass and what this hardware is really made of.

These $1,500 fashion and technology statements pack a lot in a very small package when you think about it. We will start with the camera, the main sensor is a 5MP unit capable of capturing video at 720p. Connectivity is handled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and there is 16GB of storage, of which, 12GB is usable. Glass will be compatible with any Bluetooth capable device, but using the MyGlass companion app requires an Android device running 4.0 ICS or later. Using MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

The size of the battery is not listed, but it is expected to provide a full day of standard use, assuming you do not try to spend the whole day in “hangouts” or performing heavy video recording. The battery is recharged using a micro USB, but Google strongly recommends using the included charger versus using another product to charge Glass.

Power feeds a “high resolution” display which will project the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen placed about eight feet away (about 2.4 meters) away. When you are on a call, audio is handled via a bone conduction tranducer.

Other than that, Glass will include extra nose-pads in two sizes and the frame is designed to fit any sized face. The outline of specs is listed below. What do you think? Is Glass in your future?

  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.


  • High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.


  • Photos - 5 MP
  • Videos - 720p


  • Bone Conduction Transducer


  • Wifi - 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth


  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.


  • One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.


  • 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.


  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

sources: Google via CNET



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

STFU and take my money...!!!! o_0

12. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

this is like spending money on first dinosaur phones. wait out a bit and technology will get better. unwise to spend 2 grands on beta technology. google made it clear, its for developers and rich people. not everyday consumers.

2. Mr..J

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

$1500 too costly hope the price will come down

3. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011 do those parts make it cost $1500...bring that price down though, and I will buy it real quick.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup, the price is ridiculous even at $1000, but i think it's because this is going to be the first of its kind.

8. linneti15

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The smaller the package the more it costs for the same perfomance... so for the amount of performance for the money it is destoptablet>smartphone>smart watch>google glass. I'm not surprised it costs this much

15. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

The glasses itself doesn't cost $1500... the whole development stuff, the RND ... all the men hours put into it... that's that price :) in the future it will come down, of course.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yeah, the cost needs to come down, and they need to sort out how it works for those of us that wear glasses. After that, I would be totally in.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Will you guys be reviewing Google Glass then ?

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Same here on both counts. I would save up and spend 5 or 600, tops. I'd much prefer to see the device come down closer to 3 or 400. However, I'm happy to see Google get further with Glass than anyone else in the world did with similar concepts before.

11. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You could always try wearing contacts. It's just a thought.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Contacts have their own issues. Glasses are cheaper and much easier to maintain.

17. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I would imagine google will eventually sell prescription google glasses for people with bad eyes.

5. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

700USD should be right. Seeing as it's not capable of SMS messaging or 3G connectivity on its own.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

man, it's a tough situation because like i'm sure a lot of you are thinking it's much too costly for a first generation product based on such a radical concept. i mean we want it to be successful so that it'll get better and better and probably also cheaper as Google Glass evolves but for that to happen quite a few people are gonna have to bite the bullet and jump on-board the Google Glass train initially. hopefully enough people just have to have Google Glass. i'll look forward to getting the cheaper 2nd or 3rd gen Google Glass.

14. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Why so cheap?

16. elite monkey

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

will it be compatible with prescription lenses?

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