Google Glass stops by the FCC, spills a few details about itself

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 31, 2013

Google Glass FCC label location

Google has remained fairly quiet about its Google Glass project since the project's unveiling last year, but today a couple tidbits of information about the product have been revealed thanks to a Federal Communications Commission entry. The image you see above is a close-up drawing of Google Glass that shows both the FCC ID of the hardware as well as the location of the FCC ID label. The FCC listing also shows that this version of Google Glass is packing a 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi radio along with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy.

Also included in the entry is a reference to a "vibrating element" that's meant to allow the user to listen to audio by making contact with the head. The FCC says that it tested Google Glass by playing a video on the heads-up display and listening to audio using this vibrating element.

As Google explained when it first announced Google Glass, the product wraps around the user's forehead and has a piece of glass that goes over one eye and can display information related to weather and notifications, play content and snap photos. Google hasn't said when regular Joe Schmoes will be able to purchase their very own Google Glass hardware, but the company did announce at I/O 2012 that conference attendees could purchase a prototype "Explorer Edition" for $1,500 that would ship in early 2013. The appearance of today's FCC filing means that Google Glass is one step closer to landing on the foreheads of those lucky Explorer Edition buyers, and hopefully at that time we'll learn more about Google Glass and get a better idea of what it's like to use one.

Via Engadget, FCC