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Google to begin shipping Glass to developers, reveals specs

April 16, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Google has begun to ship early versions of its Glass devices.
Google has begun to ship early versions of its Glass devices. (Google )

Google, inching ever closer to releasing Glass to the general public, said it will begin shipping early editions of the smartglasses to app developers this week.

The Silicon Valley search engine giant sold the $1,500 glasses last year to those in attendance at its developer conference, and this week the company notified some buyers that the first units were finished and ready to be shipped.

"Instead of waiting for all of the devices to be ready, we want to start delivering them to you now," Google said in its letter. "We'll be notifying you in waves, and as soon as we're ready to invite you, we'll let you know."

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Google also posted online detailed specifications for Glass. The highly anticipated device features a display that the company says "is the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away."

Additionally, Glass comes with 12 gigabytes of usable storage, a 5-megapixel camera that can record video in 720p HD. It has a micro USB port for charging the battery, and it can connect over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Google says Glass will get about one full day of battery life.

Google also said the glasses will come with nosepads in different sizes. The nosepads are adjustable, and Google says Glass' "durable frame" will fit any size.

No word yet on when winners of Google's February #IfIHadGlass contest will receive their devices.

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