What's Inside Google Glass?

Google’s latest and hottest gadget Google Glass needs little introduction because it has been on tech news many times. The core chips powering Google Glass: What’s Inside Google Glass? article shows you the electronics inside this gadget. a TI OMAP4430, 16GB of SanDisk flash, an Elpida mobile DRAM chip. The main board also holds RF devices (GPS + Bluetooth/WiFi) and a data matrix. Glass keeps its battery in a rounded bit behind the wearer’s ear and marked as having a capacity of 2.1 Wh (roughly 570 mAh). The Glass display is very small with a native resolution of 640×360 pixels. The Glass camera seems to be of typical smartphone-level size and format.

By the way Glass-käyttöliittymä Android-puhelimeen blog article (written in Finnish) mentions you can run Google Glass user interface on other devices than Google Glasses. You can also install it to an Android smartphone. Google Glass XE4 And XE5 System Dumps – Please Do Something Cool With These blog postings tells how you can get your hands on the needed software. Some of the Glass apk package is a bit of incompatible phones bit there are fixes for them.

What about Google Glass experience without glasses. Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, without the Glasses article tells special soft contact lenses could display information to the wearer and provide continuous medical monitoring.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    [APK Teardown] Latest Google Glass Firmware Gives A Tantalizing Glimpse At A Ton Of Future Features
    Posted by Liam Spradlin in APK Teardown, Glass, Google

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How much Glass REALLY costs: Google’s $1500 specs have just $80 of components

    Researchers reveal exactly what goes into Google’s Glass for first time
    Firm expected to launch a cheaper consumer version later this year

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2618129/How-Glass-REALLY-costs-Teardown-finds-Googles-1500-specs-just-80-components.html#ixzz30fi0MYTk

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Glass is Finally Here:
    What is Inside and What Does it Cost?

    Originally the Google Glass was only available to “Explorers” better known as developers. Finally Google offered a one day sale on April 15, 2014 allowing the general public to purchase the Glass for a whopping $1500. At Teardown.com we managed to get our hands on one but it didn’t last long. The teardown is underway! Stay tuned for teardown sequence photos, board shots, component identifications, and an estimated bill of materials.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Glass Parts Estimated to Cost Less Than $80

    TechInsights’ Teardown.com business, which takes apart and analyzes new consumer gadgets, recently examined the insides of Glass and put a cost estimate of $79.78 on its components.

    A Google spokesman called Teardown.com’s cost estimate “absolutely wrong.” He declined to comment further.

    The Glass display, for example, is only a few millimeters wide, but boasts quite high resolution and could have been tricky and expensive to design and manufacture. But Teardown.com estimated that the display, touchscreen and glass cost Google only $3.

    Teardown.com said its figures were a rough estimate based on a quick analysis, and are likely to change when it engages in a more thorough exploration.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Teardowns confirm Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP
    But that’s not what you’re paying for…

    Yet another analyst firm has placed a low price tag on the hardware comprising Google Glass headsets.

    Researchers with IHS said in a teardown analysis of the augmented reality platform that each headset contains a bill of materials (BOM) of $152.47.

    According to IHS, Google uses parts that cost $132.47 per Glass headset, while an additional $20 charge would come from the cost of manufacturing the device. Glass is currently being offered in limited quantities at a cost of $1,500 each.

    Among the costliest pieces in Glass is its frame, which IHS estimates to be a titanium casing costing $22. Other hardware includes $20 for the Glass’ LCOS panel display and $12.50 for casing, charger, USB cable, and earpiece.

    IHS’s number fall generally in line with what other analysts have been estimating to be the BOM for Google Glass. An April teardown from analyst house TechInsights suggested that Glass cost hardware as little as $80, while a Taiwanese analyst believes that Google would be able to charge as little as $299 and still turn a profit.

    Google, while not providing specifics on what it pays per unit, has dismissed suggestions that building Glass carries such a low cost to the company. Indeed, analysts freely note that teardown estimates fail to account for the considerable costs of research and development.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google’s toy ploy or killer tech specs?
    Tip: Put the shades on and you’ll look less of a spanner

    Seldom has a device been so reviled and praised at the same time. But is Google Glass the future of wearable connectivity or simply the toy of the self-appointed tech elite?

    Is it perhaps something in between?

    The display only boasts a 640 x 360 display, so web pages and images are hardly super crisp.

    I’ll be surprised if the next generation of Glass doesn’t boast a display of at least 1280 x 720.

    With 12GB of available storage you shouldn’t find yourself running out of space for your pictures and videos, even without the option of a microSD card.

    Interaction with Glass is surprisingly straightforward. Available voice commands are shown on the display

    Audio comes via either the built-in bone conduction transducer or earphones connected through the microUSB port. A mono earbud is bundled.

    The transducer works well though, with audio sounding like it’s coming from a little speaker just over your right shoulder.

    So, apart from shoot video and take snaps, what can you do with Glass? Well, as a handsfree Bluetooth headset, it excels.

    Glass will also read Gmail messages and texts and let you reply by dictation. And you can use it to run Google Maps Navigation, something it does extremely well. And play music from your Google Play Music account, post updates, pictures and video to YouTube and your Google+, Facebook and Twitter feeds and get news and weather updates. The last few assuming you have the relevant apps installed.

    Apps? Well, it’s “Glassware” to use the official nomenclature.

    In due course I’d expect Glass to officially support video streaming from Google+ and YouTube, but right now it doesn’t – unless you want to start sideloading third-party apps.

    Other drawbacks? Well, battery life is pretty poor. I never managed to get more than six hours of light-to-medium use from a charge and intensive video recording can easily cut that figure in half and then some. This is probably the single biggest restriction on the Glass concept.

    Is Glass worth £1,000? Of course it’s not. But that’s not the same as saying that it is a developmental dead end. Get the price down to less than £500, up the display resolution to 720p, give it folding legs and increase the battery life by at least 30 per cent and Glass would certainly be something I’d consider buying


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