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Look out! You will soon be seeing people walking down the street wearing funny-looking eyeglasses, staring at the little eye piece and not paying attention to where they are going. The reason? Google has begun shipping its long-awaited new gadget — Google Glass.
The company just released the tech specs, which include one full day of battery life with normal usage — less, if you're using features like Hangouts and video recording that require more power. Google said you will be able to see the "equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away".
The audio comes from a Bone Conduction Transducer system that transmits sound directly to your skull. The vibrations emanate from the structure, but the wearer should not notice.
There's 12MB of usable flash, and it's connected with Google Cloud. Google Glass automatically uploads location data along with video and photos to a Google+ Instant Upload album. It includes a 5-megapixel camera and takes video at 720p. It uses 802.11b/g wi-fi and comes with Bluetooth.
Taking a picture with Google Glass, the voice command is, "OK, Glass, take a picture."
You can take videos from Google Glass at 720p resolution.
Of course, there are warnings from Google. Some people can get either eye strain or headaches from using Google Glass, and the company advises against children under 13 wearing them, since it could harm developing vision.
"OK, Glass, record a video."
You can share what you're seeing live on Google Glass.
"OK, Glass, hang out with [person]."
Google Glass will give directions while you are driving. However, Google has warned drivers that many states have laws restricting the use of use of mobile devices while driving a motor vehicle. The company said, "pay attention to the road".
"OK, Glass, give directions to [place]."
You can speak to your Google Glass to send a message.
"OK, Glass, send a message to [person]."
Using Google Now, modeled after Apple's Siri, you can ask your glasses questions.
"OK, Glass, [question]."
Travelling abroad? Don't worry; your Google glasses will translate for you.
"OK, Glass, say [text] in [language]."
Google Glass will sometimes provide answers before you've had a chance to ask a question. It can take information from the internet and display it on your eyepiece.
The glasses will be able to identify people based on their clothes, eyeglasses, and other identifiable characteristics.
According to Google, its glasses are flexible and can take punishment.
Google Glass comes in five colors.