Google Glass "tech specs" have official tech specs revealed

Augmented reality, Google

google-glass-blonde-lady.jpgThe official specifications for the futuristic Google Glass augmented reality headsets have been revealed.

Spotted by 9to5Google on an official support page, the Google-authored document reveals exactly what to expect from the head-mounted computers.

A 5MP camera with 720p recording capabilities is built in, alongside 16GB of storage (12GB useable), alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The specs will pair with Android devices running versions 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher through an app called MyGlass, which will let Glass piggyback a phone or tablet’s GPS for mapping info. iPhone compatibility has previously been hinted at too.

Rather than using earphones, the Glass headsets will use bone conduction, vibrating bones in your ear through your head, which despite the description is a pain-free way of getting crystal clear audio far more impressive than most earbuds.

The screen technology works by by using a tiny projector in the headset, which bounces light off a prism in the glasses directly into your eyes, allowing graphics to be overlaid onto your normal vision and allowing you to see the world around you fairly clearly. It will feel as though looking at a 25-inch screen from a distance of 2 metres.

As for the frames adjustable nosepads and durable materials are used, allowing the Glass to fit all face sizes. A microUSB charger is used to top up the battery, which should last a day’s use, though activities like Google Hangouts or video recording will drain that a bit quickly.

Excited, or terrified? Regardless of your stance on the privacy concerns raised by the technology, there’s no denying that the Google Glass headsets sound very futuristic, particularly that light prism system.

Gerald Lynch
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