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Tech specs and more Google Glass details


Google's trying to keep consumers excited about its forthcoming augmented reality device by churning out a slew of new details, and even an app for a device that's still not yet in the hands of beta testers, so-called Explorers -- though some have now received word Google Glass will start shipping soon.

The MyGlass app hit the Google Play store yesterday, with a clear message from Google that the software is only for Glass users: "If you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that. But if you swipe the screenshots to the right you'll see there's a picture of a puppy in pajamas."

The app is an intriguing futher look at Glass, however, as screenshots reveal a bit about how the device will interact with your smartphone and your Glass-wearing contacts. 

Google has also released the developer preview of its Mirror API, encouraging coders to start writing "Glassware" in both Java and Python. But perhaps one of the most significant signs that Google Glass is getting closer to the marketplace is Google's release of tech specs for the wearable tech. 

Camera specs are unimpressive for a device that is otherwise futuristic: a 5MP camera that can record 720p video puts Google Glass's camera capabilities far behind today's leading camera phones. The display description remains vague: "high resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away." Other specs are more definitive: both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage, for 16 GB Flash total; expected battery life of one day; compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. 

You can find more Google Glass tech specs on Google's website. And if you're still wondering how this gadget actually works, this infographic may help.


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By skysi (Apr 23, 2013)

I will google-glass your face :)

By justmeMN (Apr 19, 2013)

I'm not interested in becoming a Pathetic Google Borg.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Apr 18, 2013)

If I see anyone point that Google camera at me, I'm going to ask them to remove it. If they don't then I will shine my 1-watt laser in their face and melt its lens!

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David Elliott Lewis
By David Elliott Lewis (Apr 20, 2013)

A one watt laser can seriously and permanently damage someone's cornea. If you attack as you threaten, you will be committing felonious assault. Expect prison.

PhD4 Jr
By PhD4 Jr (Apr 18, 2013)

Still waiting for someone to tell me the point.

vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (Apr 17, 2013)

I definitely don't want anyone to record/recognize/tag/whatever me somewhere on the street based on internet resources. No exceptions!

By xlynx9 (Apr 17, 2013)

This device will be excellent for getting combat footage from soldiers.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Apr 18, 2013)

And getting combat footage on the streets of Portland when people attack idiots who wear these for filming girl's asses.

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By AshMills (Apr 23, 2013)

Wouldnt Google Leather (shoe based nanocam) be better for this?

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By Deleted pending purge (Apr 17, 2013)

There was a bunch of jokes some twenty years ago about "people walking down the street talking to themselves", and yet, seeing someone without a cellphone today is uncommon. So this one may have started like a borg fashion dumb thing, but it is bound to spread. Filthy rich kids will take care of that... :)

By LaFonte (Apr 17, 2013)

is seriously anybody thinking wearing those for real? They just scream ubergeek and are probably an excellent anti conception device as well.

By webrunner5 (Apr 17, 2013)

Jesus people. Most of the comments on here sound like they are from a bunch of old turds. These glasses are killer. What do you want a 60" HD TV in them??? Get a grip.

By EricWN (Apr 17, 2013)

Most stupid looking device we've seen for months. DPR and your "connect"-sidekick might as well start reviewing CCTV cameras, but wait, their not Google or Android...

By Wilmark (Apr 17, 2013)

"Camera specs are unimpressive for a device that is otherwise futuristic: a 5MP camera that can record 720p video puts Google Glass's camera capabilities far behind today's leading camera phones. "

LOL, Its a good thing I dont take camera advice from DP Review anymore. MP and HD recording on camera phones are meaningless - they almost all shoot worthless photos and videos, especially if i compare it with old DLSRS and video recorders with these specs from 5-10 yrs ago. NO matter how many camera phones you guys review, you guys are hilarious ever since youve been amazoned.

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By mikusa (Apr 17, 2013)

I think the point they're trying to make is that Glass is supposed to be 'the latest thing', yet it's not even up there with what cell phones of a couple years ago offer us, that is, a cell phone isn't that great, so anything not as good as a cell phone can't be much good either.

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By jkh13 (Apr 17, 2013)

I think the focus of the camera is not a high MP count but to provide a good image/framerate for computer vision applications. It has a modest resolution, probably has a wide angle lens with little distortion, decent light sensativity and runs at a high framerate. In that case it fits the purpose perfectly.

By Wilmark (Apr 17, 2013)

@ mikusa - the latest thing but NOT in megapixels and HD resolution, which dont even mean a thing not even for cellphones. They make NO point.

By Peiasdf (Apr 17, 2013)

5 years ago there was bluetool. Now we have gtool.

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By Trollshavethebestcandy (Apr 17, 2013)

People who wear these are selfish self absorbed people with no regard for others privacy. This is just yet another spy tool for the sheep to willingly wear AND PAY FOR. Yell BAAAAAA!!!! whenever you see someone wear these.

By astigmate (Apr 16, 2013)

Google don't give a sh*t about open source, they use it because it give a better reputation and in the end all they care about is gathering stats data and make money. It is not enough for them to spy on people's habits with android apps, web apps, gmail, gps tracking etc, now they wanna know what your looking at. I've get rid of (most) all google and search engine stuff on my rooted phone and computers. I also using outbound firewall. You wouldn't believe all apps that "phone home" giving away your privacy. It's sad to see the world embracing thoses things, really.

Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Apr 16, 2013)

I will wait for the 4K version :)

By historianx (Apr 16, 2013)

is there a clip-on version?

Erin Lodi
By Erin Lodi (Apr 16, 2013)

Like for prescription glasses wearers? Google has said they are working on this:

Cailean Gallimore
By Cailean Gallimore (Apr 16, 2013)

How long will it take for someone wearing these to fall over their poodle and sue Google for damages? My guess: No time at all.

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By dpLarry (Apr 16, 2013)

Possibly a lot of downblouse videos on youtube in the future.

Maybe there ought to be some legislature on these glasses with cameras.

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By justmeMN (Apr 16, 2013)

Oh goodie. Now you can spend 24/7 disconnected from "in real life".

Mark Forman
By Mark Forman (Apr 16, 2013)

25 hdtv inches from 8 feet is SD or worse about 640 x 360.
Very low res.
maybe version 2 will be better.

By steve_hoge (Apr 16, 2013)

I thought the same thing - something is fishy that they're not just stating the display resolution but resorting to this analogy. If your estimate is true, that sounds laughably lo-res, esp compared to some of the megapixel camera EVFs we see these days.

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