Finally, Google Glass Specs Come Into Full View

Google Glass will include a high-resolution display, 720p HD video recording, and a 5MP camera, according to specs released yesterday by Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) .

Google Glass is the company's first foray into wearable computing. The glasses sport a display that overlays information like directions on top of what a user sees. The glasses also take pictures, send texts and record video with voice commands, translate languages, and display location-based reminders.

Here are some of the Google Glass specs posted yesterday:

  • High-resolution display, equivalent to viewing a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away.
  • 16GB of Flash memory, synced with Google's cloud storage (12 GB will be usable on the device).
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame (extra nosepads in two sizes).
  • Audio features through a bone conduction transducer.
  • Micro USB cable and charger included with the device.

The Google post said that any Bluetooth-capable phone is compatible with the device, but that the MyGlass companion app that brings GPS and SMS messaging features to Google Glass will require Android 4.0.3 or higher.

The battery is expected to get "one full day of typical use," according to Google, but the Google Hangouts video calling feature and other video recording will use up more battery power.

According to an ABC News report last week, the company said Google Glass Explorer edition devices will be ready to ship this month to a chosen group of testers. So-called Explorers paid  $1,500 to test out the new product. Consumer pricing and an official Google Glass release date have yet to be announced.


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