Tech specs, dev’s API released for Google Glass

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Google has released the Glass API for developers to use in making apps for the soon-to-release eye wear along with technical specifications on the Glass Explorer editions.

Notably, the API requires devs to build apps for free without ads or compensation.  While this is going to be a reason for some to ignore the API, most will probably get in on it anyway in hopes of being seen as part of the latest-and-greatest from Google.  Google itself is very likely planning to bill the free apps as part of its selling point for the Glass sets themselves.

Technical specifications are also interesting.  Glass Explorer editions will have a 5 megapixel camera capable of 720P video with 16 gigabytes of storage (12GB usable) on board.

Wireless connectivity will be via  802.11B/G WiFi (eschewing the common 802.11N). Since b/g are backwards compatible with N and use less energy to transmit, this is likely a big contributor to the Glass Explorer’s full day of battery usage claim.  It will connect to your phone via Bluetooth.

The display will be akin to a 25-inch HD screen from about eight feet away.  So about the size of your notebook computer’s screen from two or three feet away.  Not shabby and it leaves enough that you can see “around” the virtual screen while using it.

Audio from the Glass is a bone conduction transducer (this works like headphones without the ear plugs).  The Glass experience will be available on any Bluetooth-compatible phone and a companion app for added usefulness is available for Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or better.

no price tag has been released yet.


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