The initial Google Glass devices will boast similar features to a medium-specification smartphone, but will still need to sync with a handset in order to work.
Following Google's announcement that it has started shipping the first ‘Explorer' editions of its Project Glass headsets, the company has confirmed the device's specifications.
The front-facing camera is capable of capturing 5-megapixel still images and recording video in 720p (not full HD, but not too shabby). Each device will pack 16GB of internal storage, however, 4GB of that total will be given up to its operating system.
The device is geared up to sync with Google cloud storage by default so running out of space shouldn't be an issue as long as the wearer can get an internet connection. And in terms of connectivity, like a smartphone, Google Glass supports wi-fi and Bluetooth. For charging and wired data transfer, the device features a micro USB port and Google recommends that it is charged every night, suggesting a full day's use is possible on one charge, but not if they're used for video conferencing or video recording.
As revealed through recently published patent applications, audio will be via bone conduction, which essentially turns the wearer's head into an amplifier and it is a sensation that will be familiar to anyone who uses a waterproof MP3 player. The big question that everyone wanted answered though was the screen. What would it look like? Google claims that the experience is equivalent to looking at a 25-inch full HD screen from a distance of 2.2 meters.
While in terms of compatibility, Google claims the headset will work with any Android smartphone running version 4.03 or above of the operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) as long as it is running the MyGlass app, which enables GPS and text messaging and, incidentally, has just made its debut in the Google Play store.
In terms of fit, Google claims that one frame suits all but that comfort can be improved via adjustable nose pads. Anyone who wears reading glasses and has been for a fitting will know that that is an extremely bold statement to make.