Despite being one of the most heavily-publicized and discussed pieces of kit in the history of the consumer technology market, Google Glass is somehow also one of the most elusive and mysterious. Barely a day goes by when we don’t see or hear about Google Glass in the press, but as far as actually getting our hand on one or seeing a pair of the things laid bare…not even close.
Lately however the picture is starting to become a little clearer and details are slowly creeping out as to exactly what we might expect from Google Glass. Chances are that Google’s 2013 I/O event next month will bring the device into the spotlight, but in the meantime we’re hearing that the Explorer Edition versions of the device have at long last started shipping to those who ordered them almost a year ago.
And what’s more, Google has finally gifted the world with a rundown of some of those all-important specs and features delivered by Google Glass.
So, what do we know about the specs of the specs?
Well, the Google Glass support page confirms that the device will ship with 16GB or storage space and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that’s good for 720p video capture. As far as the display goes, Google states that the tiny screen will actually look the same as a 25-inch HD if viewed from 8-feet away, which technically speaking is pretty modest. The battery fitted will apparently last all-day…which is rather vague…and sound is transmitted by that always creepy-sounding bone conduction technology.
Google Glass can be charged via micro USB which is also used for data transfer, and rounding off the specs comes the revelation that it will be compatible with Android version 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and up.
Not bad for a pair of glasses, but surely we can’t be the only ones looking at all of the above and with a bit of a mid-range question mark. Not that we’d have expected the first set of glasses like these to run circles around the biggest players on the Smartphone market, but given the fact that the main camera is for all intents and purposes one of the primary features of Google Glass, 5-megapixels seems a bit weak…if you ask us.