Google Glass packages land on desks across the world

By on April 17, 2013

 Google has finally shipped the first of its ‘Glass’ units to developers. ‘Terminator vision’ has arrived.

Today is the day when science fiction becomes science fact as Google’s ambitious ‘networked spectacles’ are sent out to selected developers.

The packages contain the first iteration of the glasses – which have been called everything from ‘Google Goggles’ to the uber-catchy ‘head-up display glasses’ – as well as basic technical specifications for the head-mounted device and the Android app used to configure them.

But the lucky recipients will only be able to play with their new $1,500 toys for a day at a time, as battery life on Google Glass is limited to 24 hours, and is significantly reduced by using the Google Hangout or video features. Although we think this may be a blessing in disguise: imagine the eyestrain.

Here’s what else we know about the world’s hottest gadget:

  1. The display resolution is the “equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away”.
  2. The head mountable device comes with 16GB storage.
  3. Glass is tied to a Google account and automatically uploads location data along with video and photos to a Google+ Instant Upload album, so you can kiss your privacy goodbye.
  4. The camera takes photos at five megapixels and video at 720p.
  5. There are no headphones. Instead, the audio is transmitted through a Bone Conduction Transducer system directly to the user’s skull. It’s a bit like how whales hear, apparently.
  6. Glass connectivity options include the wi-fi standard 802.11b/g and bluetooth.
  7. Glass has an adjustable nosepad and extra nosepads in two sizes for the extra-large schnozzle.
  8. The spectacles also comes standard with a special pouch (for those rare occasions when you don’t want to be seen wearing them).

And, for anyone foolish enough to attempt to wear these babies in the bath, or in driving rain, Google has released a FAQ warning that users should keep the glasses away from liquids.

We are still waiting for our pair to arrive to give our take on the Glass phenomenon. We presume that the postman’s just running a little late…

 

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