Google Glass specs revealed, dual-core OMAP SOC and 1GB of RAM

Google Glass "Explorer Edition" devices have been slowly going out to developers and early adopters who were willing to drop $1,500 on a pre-retail headset. Over the past few days, Twitter and Google+ have been awash with pictures and videos taken with Glass, as well as other information. 

Previously, Google announced a list of tech specs for the device: "High resolution display," 5MP camera with 720p video, 16GB SSD, one day battery life and so on. What Google failed to mention was how much RAM Glass has and what CPU it is using. Well, now we know the answer. 

Glass runs a modified version of Android 4.0.4, which has been manipulated in the same way that any Android developer can via development tools. Using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), Jay Lee managed to gain access to more tech spec information and discovered that Glass uses a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP 4430 SoC (clocked at an unknown speed) and has 1GB of RAM, 682MB of which is available to developers. These specifications aren't groundbreaking and put Glass in the same technological league as 2011 smartphones, such as the Galaxy SII. Google was obviously restricted by space, so had to opt for older hardware. 

Source: Jay Lee, Ars Technica

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Can't see anyone buying it with outdated hardware.
1. Two year old processor
2. paltry 1 GB RAM
3. "terrible" low quality display
4. "Just" 5MP camera


/s

Zoom on the camera would be good my phone right now (which is old) has a 3 or 5mp camera (i forgot which) it can not zoom at all but it can record fairly high resolution videos and that can zoom in and out. For example if i record a video of the windows sticker on a laptop i can see it just fine but if i try and take a picture its impossible to get one where i can read the writing.

anyway yeah good point you made there lol
i can't believe how close they are to getting this released.

They will be banned while driving but not before some innocent bystanders have been killed by an idiot wearing one while driving

However much the technology may be interesting I just do not see how this will ever be mainstream. Add to that it will basically be an expensive add-on for your phone. It will also run into issues in countries where camera equipped devices MUST make an audible sound when you take a picture and there will be more.

agreed. a while back i seen this dumb cow driving a massive jacked up truck and she veered off the lane and was coming straight for me as i was riding a mountain bike along the side of the road (there was no sidewalk) i watched as she got closer and closer with her head down staring at her phone and she moved out of the way just in time pretty much i kinda moved too but didn't really have anywhere to go to. You think she stopped or said anything ? of course not she got out of there fast lol
I hate driving with my brother he drives around town doing that everyday and thinks its funny until he kills someone i guess ?

So yeah how the hell are they gonna deal with this i wonder. Its getting harder and harder to be a cyclist these days.. i guess its worth it people need to do so much important stuff while driving lol

What about the idiot pedestrian that just walks into traffic? Hopefully, that will be an instant "pedestrian loses--no fault to motorist."

spoetnik said,
agreed. a while back i seen this dumb cow driving a massive jacked up truck and she veered off the lane and was coming straight for me as i was riding a mountain bike along the side of the road (there was no sidewalk) i watched as she got closer and closer with her head down staring at her phone and she moved out of the way just in time pretty much i kinda moved too but didn't really have anywhere to go to. You think she stopped or said anything ? of course not she got out of there fast lol
I hate driving with my brother he drives around town doing that everyday and thinks its funny until he kills someone i guess ?

So yeah how the hell are they gonna deal with this i wonder. Its getting harder and harder to be a cyclist these days.. i guess its worth it people need to do so much important stuff while driving lol

Wait, you're saying you almost got hit because they had these glasses on? I didnt think they were out to the public yet...

Under the assumption that you are just saying, people are nutto drivers, yes I agree. Though, I think if done right, the glasses could help. They might be able to actually pick up an object that doesn't belong, say a bicycle, coming at you. Then you get a little pop up in the bottom of your glasses of a little bicycle or 'object' or something. It 'could' help the drivers notice what they don't today. Or it could simply be worse of a distraction, who knows till its tried probably. All I know is, I think our 'naked' eyes sometimes need the help to see, or people are just not looking where they should, and maybe the glasses could help because people won't change.

TsarNikky that's a really good point i never thought of that.

and theslam08 i just meant how these glasses are going to be distracting like a cell phone for drivers etc. how could it not ?

Nashy said,
Interested to see how law enforcement will work with this. Especially with people driving.

I'm sure there will be an app that scans for moving objects/cars/people and highlights them. It could give a heads up on the speed limit changing etc etc.

Could actually be safer if done right.

That would actually be really cool. I think it was minority reports or irobot? That had like the dash/windshield info pop-up while driving (though I also think it was a self-driving car, aka futuristic), and that looked pretty useful if used at the right times.

I am actually thinking, with this idea (using the glasses for heads-up), its even better than the windshield, and could indeed really help, say it could instantly (milliseconds) pick up a car that is instant stopping in front of you, when you may take 1-2 seconds to notice. Or other accident related events.

Good idea. But, like you say, it does have to be done right otherwise it may end up being a nuisance or a distraction?

I don't agree it could be safer, but of course, I base this on not ever using the device. I would worry that people are spending too much time looking and concentrating on the glass, rather than the road.

Nashy said,
I don't agree it could be safer, but of course, I base this on not ever using the device. I would worry that people are spending too much time looking and concentrating on the glass, rather than the road.

Cars will drive themselves before too long...leaving time to do more important things like entertain yourself via your google glasses