As Google Glass gets closer to its launch date, the search giant has released specs on what users can expect from the production models. The onboard camera will record 720p video and be able to shoot 5MP stills; audio will be piped into your dome via bone conduction; it will have Bluetooth and 802.11b/g WiFi; you'll have 12GB of storage; and the battery will reportedly last for "one full day of typical use." The 640×360 resolution of the video is claimed to be "the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away," but we'll need to see that in action.
Which we will, if we head out to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Word on the street (and by "street," we mean Buzzfeed) is that Google will be opening up their own retail stores, starting with California's big city. The physical storefronts will be meant to push not only Glass, but Android- and Chromebook-related products as well. There's no word on what the stores will look like or who will be designing them, but given that Apple's got the likes of Norman Foster on their stores/HQ and Facebook's got Gehry on "Facebook West," we'd be surprised if Google didn't go with a big-ticket architect/designer for the prestige.By the way, there's one interesting point drawn in the Google Glass FAQ: They oughtn't be used as safety goggles, the company says.
Glass can't protect your eyes from flying debris, balls, sharp objects, or chemical explosions. Using Glass while operating heavy or inherently dangerous equipment...could distract you, cause Glass to impact your eye, and lead you to harm yourself or others.
That's a shame. If they were able to make them protective, I'd love to have a pair on while woodworking. If I could quickly call up a particular dimension—"How long is Spreader A supposed to be," etc.—via voice control and have it projected on the display, I wouldn't have to keep going back and forth to refer to the plans. And I what I wouldn't give to say "What's 25 and 5/8ths divided by three" and have the glasses spit the figure out.
I suppose one rationale for not designing "smart" safety glasses is that if you're wearing them, you're presumably doing something dangerous and ought to keep your eyes on your work rather than a display. But the bulk of the time, when you're in between cuts, safety glasses are just sitting on your nose doing nothing. What do you think, good idea or bad?