Glass is the name of Google’s futuristic, computer head wear, which features a heads-up display mounted in front of your eyes on a traditional spectacle frame. It was officially introduced last year at Google’s Google I/O conference, where developers with $1500 in their pockets could pre-order a pair. The so-called Explorer Edition is now being delivered to those people, and the first videos taken with Glass are starting to appear online.
It’s equipped with a 5-megapixel camera which can also shoot 720p video, and is either voice activated or controlled using a touchpad mounted on one of the arms. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, so it connects with your phone to show messages, notifications and even GPS directions, plus it has 16GB of memory. Audio comes through a special Bone Conduction Transducer, so sound is projected through your skull to your ear, instead of having to rely on a speaker or earbud.
As Explorer Editions of Glass were limited to developers based in America, the specs haven’t made an international debut yet, and as there are strict rules about lending or selling the glasses – basically, you can’t do either – it’ll be a while before it happens. Also, Google has yet to put a release date or a price on the retail versions, so the demo videos and reviews are all we have to go on at the moment. That doesn’t stop it from being one of the most exciting consumer electronics products around at the moment.
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