At $1,500 a pop, Google Glass sure isn't what you'd consider affordable. We've seen some apps that third parties are cooking up for Glass, memorized the entire infographic on how it works, and now we finally know exactly what our money is going to buy when it comes out later this year.
As detailed by Google, looking through Glass's 640 x 360 pixel "high resolution display" is like seeing a "25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away." Glass includes 16GB of internal storage — 12GB of which will be usable and "synced with Google cloud storage." And as rumored, Glass will transmit audio using a bone conduction transducer. The onboard camera is on par with last year's top-of-the-line smartphones, meaning it shoots 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p resolution.
Wireless connectivity is locked in with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g (sadly, no 802.11n) and Bluetooth. Interestingly, Google doesn't list how many hours Glass will last. The company's spec page only states: "One full day of typical use. Some Features like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive." But, at least Glass will charge via Micro USB, so all those spare cables you have will come in handy.
Although Glass will be compatible with Android and iOS device via Bluetooth, Google also lists a "MyGlass companion app" that will only work on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. The MyGlass app, which is already available for download, "enables GPS and SMS messaging." Hopefully that isn't a sign that Google is gimping non-Android devices by leaving out GPS and SMS messaging, and will release an iOS version of MyGlass down the road.
In terms of sizing, Glass will be come in one-size-fits-all "durable frame" and include adjustable nosepads (along with two extra sizes).
Phew. Now that we're done rattling off tech specs, tell us what you think of Glass. Is that enougth tech for $1,500 and will Glass be a buy or no-buy for you?