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Dublin: 28.07.2014 11.30PM
The tech specs for Google’s forthcoming wearable computing device Google Glass are out. The first big revelation is that the eyewear won’t actually be cellular but will interact with smartphones via Bluetooth.
Google yesterday informed the first 2,000 people who were lucky enough to sign up to the Glass Explorer programme at I/O last year that they will receive the first devices any day now.
The specs for the spectacles reveal that the eyewear will be adjustable to fit any face and come with extra nosepads in two sizes.
The device comes with a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video at 720p.
Users can conduct phone calls with friends via a bone conduction transducer.
In terms of connectivity, the device doesn’t have built-in cellular capabilities but instead interacts with smartphones via Bluetooth and also comes with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g).
There is a total of 16GB of Flash, including 12GB of usable memory and the device can transmit data to Google Drive.
Google has pointed out that the device’s battery can run on a full day of typical usage, but warned that features like Hangouts and video recording are battery intensive.
The device can be charged with a micro USB cable but Google urges future users to use the micro USB cable that will be sold with the device rather than the thousands of micro USB cables.
Google has also launched the Google Glass set up page for those lucky enough to be the first to receive the Glass devices, as well as releasing the MyGlass companion app on Google Play.
The app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher.
The MyGlass App enables GPS functionality, as well as SMS messaging.