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Google Glass tech specs unveiled

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    The Google.com/glass microsite from the web giant offers specs and images of the forthcoming Google Glass product, such as this one. (Google)

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    Apr. 4, 2012: Google's Android-powered, augmented-reality glasses would show maps, video chats, photographs, and even allow the user to shop online -- all at the blink of an eye. (Google)

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    Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrating Google's new Glass -- wearable internet glasses -- at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco in 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Google has released the tech specs for its Google Glasses after shipping its first batch to developers today. So without further ado, here's what you need to know.

The glasses contain a five megapixel camera for photos but films in 720p.

They contain 12 GB of usable memory which is synced with Google cloud storage and contains 16 GB of flash memory in total.

The glasses are supported by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but surprisingly not by 3G, which may be a drawback in the short term.

The glasses are compatible with any Bluetooth supported phone; the MyGlass companion app, however -- which enables GPS and SMS messaging -- requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to work.

The battery should last about a day during "typical use" however features like Google Hangouts and video recording will drain the battery more quickly.

The list of specs are missing one crucial thing: a price. Just imagine a number that is more than you can afford. You're probably not far off.

However, before you start saving up, you might still have some time on your hands before you can buy a pair of Google Glass. No official word as to their public availability as yet but if the speculation is correct, the specs are expected to be released to the public in about a year.

Google has also released the API (Application Programming Interface) for its glasses so anyone can start to develop apps that work in conjunction with Google Glasses.

The full list of specs are below:

Fit
Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
Extra nosepads in two sizes.

Display
High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

Camera
Photos - 5 MP
Videos - 720p

Audio
Bone Conduction Transducer

Connectivity
Wi-Fi - 802.11b/g
Bluetooth

Storage
12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.

Battery
One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.

Charger
Included Micro USB cable and charger.

While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.

Compatibility

Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

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