Google Announces Glass Specs, Developer SDK, Shipment to Glass Explorers in Wavesby Brian Klug on April 16, 2013 12:06 AM EST
Google dropped a bunch of Glass related news today. First up are some high level specifications which posted in an FAQ document. There's still no word about SoC or platform beyond the rumors we've heard in the past that Glass is like a WiFi-only Galaxy Nexus. This is the first time we've seen official disclosure of some level of specifications however. From the spec page we get the following, which I've put in a table.
|Google Glass Specs|
|Display||640x360 "Equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away"|
|Camera||5 MP forward facing, with 720p video|
|Audio||Bone Conduction Transducer|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth|
|Storage||16 GB NAND total, 12 GB free|
|Battery||Unknown mAh, "1 full day of typical use"|
|Requirements||Android 4.0.3 or Higher with My Glass app|
Google is very light on detail here, and doesn't give resolution directly although it's obvious looking at the UI Guidelines from the SDK that 640x360 is the native resolution of the projection system. There's no explicit callout of what SoC is inside (although OMAP4 continues to be a persistent rumor) or battery size in milliamp hours or watt-hours. In addition we see the inclusion of 802.11b/g and no 802.11n, which is a bit curious, although I suspect most of the time Google Glass will be tethered to a smartphone over Bluetooth for connectivity with the companion application. Google also released the Mirror API documentation and a few sample applications alongside.
The other news is the first official communication of something along the lines of a delivery date for Glass Explorers. In an email sent out today, Google announced that the first Google Glass Explorer models are rolling off production lines and will begin shipping to explorers in waves. I committed myself to getting a Google Glass Explorer at Google I/O 2012 and eagerly await getting hands on time with the $1,500 wearable device.