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04/16/2013 01:02 pm ET

Google Glass Tech Specs Revealed: 'Glasses' Have 5 Megapixel Camera, 16 GB Storage, 1-Day Battery Life

Google on Monday posted the tech specs of Glass, the highly-anticipated augmented reality "glasses" slated for wide release later this year.

Glass will come equipped with a 5-megapixel camera that will shoot video at 720p. (The iPhone 4, which was released in the U.S. nearly three years ago, has a similar camera.)

The specs will connect to networks via 802.11b/g WiFi and also have Bluetooth, so it will connect with "any Bluetooth-capable phone."

For sound, Google has chosen to forgo traditional headphones or earbuds in favor of a bone conduction transducer, which transmits audio to the wearer's inner ear via the bones in his or her skull.

Glass has 16 gigabytes of total memory, with 12 usable gigabytes, and battery life will last about a day with "typical use." Google concedes that features like video recording and Google Hangouts will drain the battery more quickly.

The glasses will ship with a Micro USB cable and charger, and Google emphasized that even though there are many types of USB cables, Glass-owners should use the included charger. "Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use."

The MyGlass app, which allows Glass users to control their specs, is available in the Google Play store for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 or higher.

Google announced in March that it had chosen 8,000 "Explorers" to test out Glass. The winners of the #IfIHadGlass contest, a diverse group that includes an orthopedic surgeon, a private pilot and Newt Gingrich, among others, have to pay $1,500 for Glass and go to New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco to pick them up.

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google who's now the company's executive chairman, said on Tuesday at a conference in New York that Glass will become available to some Explorers "in the next few days," The Next Web reported.

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