Google publishes Glass tech specs ahead of launch

By on April 16, 2013, 9:51 AM

On the heels of Google sending out messages to Explorers indicating Google Glass is now rolling off the assembly line, the search giant has published a list of technical specifications on the augmented reality visor. There aren’t any huge surprises here but it’s nice to finally get an idea of what sort of hardware the device will carry.

Starting with the fit, Google Glass will ship with adjustable nosepads and a durable frame that’s said to fit any face. The kit will include two extra nosepads in different sizes. Google says the high resolution display will be the equivalent of watching a 25-inch HDTV from eight feet away.

As rumored earlier this year, the headset will utilize a bone conduction transducer to deliver audio. Glass’ camera will be capable of snapping 5-megapixel photos and capturing video in 720p resolution. Connectivity options include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 16GB of flash storage lies inside although only 12GB is usable. It’s worth pointing out that Google Glass will sync with Google cloud storage.

We are told that the internal battery should be good for a full day of typical use. Certain features like Hangouts and video recording, however, are more battery intensive. A micro USB cable and charger are included and while they aren’t proprietary, Google recommends you use the included set to preserve the life of Glass.

Finally, the headset is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone although the only way to enable GPS and SMS messaging through Glass is with the MyGlass companion app which requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

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