Google has officially announced specs for the Glass Explorer, their eyewear device. The company sent out an e-mail today to everyone on the Glass Explorers list to say that a few of the $1,500 wearable devices had already come off the production line.
According to Google the Glass display will be the equivalent of a 25-inch HD screen about 8 feet away. It uses the slower 802.11b/g wifi, likely to save energy and works with any Bluetooth-capable phone. The battery is expected to last one full day of typical use, although features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
The camera will take 5 Megapixel images or 720P video. It has 16GB of storage (12GB usable) and includes a Micro USB cable and charger.
The Google Glass specs:
- High-resolution display is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from eight feet away.
- Camera: Photos — 5 MP, Videos — 720p
- Audio Bone conduction transducer
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi – 802.11b/g and Bluetooth
- Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
- Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery-intensive.
- Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger.
- Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone. The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.
Glass apps will use Java and Python to write applications. Developers can use either language for a quick start project. The aim of the quick start is to create a Glass app and modify it.
Google is keeping a lid on what developers can do. For now, Google’s developer terms of service mean no advertisements in Glass clients, no data can be used for ads or data and you can’t collect payments. Google Glass apps must use official Google distribution channels.
Source: The Google Mirror API