Google Glass specifications are released
Google have announced that the first batch of their Glass technology will be coming off production lines very soon.
Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head mounted display, which will allow users to take pictures, record video, and see GPS enabled directions directly in front of their eyes.
It is expected that Glass will be released in last 2013, but the technology giant has started producing the hardware for 2000 of its original ‘explorers’ – those who signed up at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco last year.
Google says it will notify the first batch of users who will be able to purchase the Explorer Edition for $1,500. Google have already said that they would start shipping Glass over the next few weeks.
Google has already posted the full specifications for the technology. The glasses will work with any Bluetooth enabled phone, but the only way to use GPS and SMS through Google Glass, is to sync with the MyGlass companion app. The app requires Android 4.0.3+ and it’s not clear if Google plans to create the app for other platforms.
The display will have a resolution that ‘is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away’. Google also say that photos should have a 640x360px resolution, but they haven’t released the resolution of the Glass display.
The first version of Glass will also feature a 5 megapixel camera that will also record 720p video. The glasses will come with 16GB of Flash storage of which 12GB will be useable, whilst also having access to Google’s cloud service. The device should have enough battery to last a day of ‘typical use’, but intensive use, like recording video, is expected to drain the battery quicker.
The device will also feature a bone conduction transducer, which will transmit sound from Glass to the inner ear through the bones of the wearer’s skull, meaning that users won’t need to wear headphones.