Google Glass Users Taking to the Web to Share Glass Experiences

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-04-18 Print this article Print

Those rules say, "If you resell, loan transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the Device will be entitled to any refund, product support or product warranty."

The auction was ended, and the buyer apparently said he'll keep his Glasses when he receives them.

Each Google Glass device includes adjustable nose pads and a high-resolution display that Google says is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away. The glasses also boast a built-in camera that takes 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p. Audio is delivered to the wearer through their bones, using a bone-conduction transducer that previously had been revealed in earlier reports.

Glass also includes WiFi 802.11b/g connectivity, Bluetooth and 16GB of memory, of which 12GB is usable and synced with Google's cloud storage. The battery that powers Glass is expected to provide a typical day's use, while some activities, including heavy use of Google+ Hangouts and performing video recording, will deplete the battery more quickly.

Glass comes with its own dedicated micro USB cable and charger. Glass is built to be compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone, while its companion MyGlass app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher.

Another Glass user, Monica Wilson, is so excited by the initial release of the devices that she posted an invitation on Google+ for Glass users in the San Francisco area for a gathering at a local watering hole. "Anyone in SF want to do a glass meetup/happy hour on Sat. Ping me with details? I will be working on a ruby wrapper for mirror-api," wrote Wilson.

The Glass project was unveiled officially for the first time to developers who attended the annual Google I/O Conference in July 2012. In February, Google expanded its nascent test project for its Glass eyewear-mounted computer by inviting interested applicants to submit proposals for a chance to buy an early model and become a part of its continuing development. In March, Google also began notifying a pool of applicants who were selected to purchase the first 8,000 sets of Google Glass when they become available for real-world use and testing later this year by consumers. Those selected applicants will also have to pay $1,500 plus taxes, and will pick up the first-generation "Explorer Edition" devices at special events that will be set up in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the coming months.

Google Glass is not expected to be widely available to consumers until 2014, according to the company.

Earlier this month, Google's investment arm, Google Ventures, launched a new "Glass Collective" organization to seek out and nurture startups that can add features and capabilities to the Glass project.

In March, it was reported that the head-mounted Glass devices would be assembled in Santa Clara, Calif., by well-known Taiwanese device builder Foxconn to showcase electronics manufacturing capabilities in the United States.


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