Everything You Need to Know About Google Glass

Everything You Need to Know About Google Glass

Gregory Han
Apr 16, 2013

Google has finally released technical specs for Google Glass, their augmented reality wearable optical computer. The Explorer Edition model creates the effect of viewing a projected 25" HD display from about eight feet away, a augmented display overlay offering users information, the ability to record 720p video/audio and capture 5 megapixel images onto 16GB of internal storage, connect using wi-fi and GPS, all supposedly with a whole day's worth of battery life...

The Google Glass experience: How It Feels [through Glass] - All video footage captured through Glass.


  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.


High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.


  • Photos - 5 MP
  • Videos - 720p


  • Bone Conduction Transducer


  • Wifi - 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth


  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.


One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.


  • Included Micro USB cable and charger.

While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.


  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
  • The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

And here's a quick explanation how all those specs above come together, how the technology works:

In February, Joshua Topolosky of The Verge got heads-on time wearing Google Glass, and in the process not only asked the "how", "when", but also the "why" about wearable technology and the implications of an always-on device enhancing or getting in the way of human interaction.

Also of note, Google Glass will be made in America, reportedly with hipster eyewear seller, Warby Parker, offering additional eyewear  designs beyond the Georgi LaForge-ish 1st model shown above. Google has begun shipping early to developers and attendees of last year’s Google I/O conference, paying a $1,500 early adopter's fee, with retailer/consumer availability pegged for later this year.

(Images: Google; infographic by Martin Missfeldt)

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