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Google dishes up the technical specifications of Glass

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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

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:55 10

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:59 4

12. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:05 3

2. Mr..J (Posts: 17; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

$1500 too costly
hope the price will come down

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:27 3

3. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Wait...how do those parts make it cost $1500...bring that price down though, and I will buy it real quick.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:11 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:35

8. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:18

15. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:29 9

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:25

7. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Will you guys be reviewing Google Glass then ?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:51

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:53

11. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:00 1

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 15:28

17. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:51

5. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:37

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:05

14. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Why so cheap?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 11:56

16. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

will it be compatible with prescription lenses?

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