As the first Google Glass Explorer kits are making their way out to new owners everywhere, the mini-computer’s specs are also finding their way out into the open, in part falling in line with what we expected from such a small device, but in part delivering on some unknowns about the device. Now that we know more, we can certainly see how Google Glass will work in our day-to-day life.
If you were expecting to dump a bunch of content on your Glass, don’t think too much about it. Of the sixteen gigabytes of memory installed on the Glass eyewear, only twelve are available. There is no headphone jack and I suppose it’s not really supposed to be an MP3 player as Glass transmits all of its audio alerts to you through bone conductive speakers. Bone conducting headphones have been pretty common for decades, but they trade off frequencies for privacy. The camera takes 720p video and five-megapixel stills, but Glass has no cellular radio (which we knew) and only 802.11b/g for wireless, which will probably be just fine for that kind of information, but any bulk transfers will still probably take a while. Of course, when the interface appears to be little more than an Android widget in size, don’t expect to be tossing that much data across to begin with.
We’ll be hearing a lot more about these little trade-offs as people receive their Explorer kits.