Hardware Comparison: ORA-1 vs Google Glass

ORA-1 smart glasses have been in development for a little while and Optinvent, the company behind ORA smart glasses, started a Kickstarter for them about 2 months ago. ORA-1 smart glasses are meant for developers, and they are pretty standard when it comes to functionality. The glasses run Android, can run apps, and can be used independently as a standalone Android device. The main thing that separates ORA-1 smart glasses from other smart glasses is the ability to re-position the display, which we will talk more about later.

ORA

Quite a few people are interested in the ORA-1. And, from the looks of things, the ORA-1 smart glasses are definitely a decent pair of smart glasses. But, how do they compare to a top-of-the-line competitor like Google Glass? Well, today that is what we are going to be looking at. Below, you will find a hardware comparison of the ORA-1 and Google Glass.

CPU

ORA-1 Smart GlassesGoogle Glass
CPUDual Core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex.OMAP 4430 SoC (Arm Cortex-A9) 1Ghz Dual Core

Like most of the other smart glasses out there, both of these devices have ARM cortex processors. With that being said, the ARM microprocessor that is in the ORA-1 smart glasses are slightly more powerful with a higher clock speed.

CPU Winner: ORA-1

Memory

ORA-1Google Glass
Memory1GB2GB

The ORA-1 has one gigabyte of ram in total that can be taken advantage of. Google Glass has two gigabytes of ram in total, which is obviously more than what is inside of the ORA-1.

Memory Winner: Google Glass

Storage

ORA-1Google Glass
Storage4GB Flash16 GB Flash total (12 GB of usable)

The ORA-1 smart glasses actually have very little storage space when compared to Google Glass. Google Glass has a total of 16 gigabytes of flash storage with about 12 gigabytes of it being usable. ORA-1 on the other hand only has 4 gigabytes of flash storage, and from the looks of things there is no way to expand the flash storage on ORA-1. Google Glass is definitely the winner in this category.

Storage Winner: Google Glass

Battery

ORA-1Google Glass
Battery800 mAh battery, 4hrs intense usage and 8hrs typical use.570 mAh lithium-polymer battery, lasts up to 5-6 hours.

The ORA-1 has a battery that can last up to 4 to 8 hours, depending on usage. Optinvent doesn’t exactly list specific details about the battery inside of the ORA-1, but a couple of bloggers have mentioned that it’s a 800 mAh Li-Ion battery. If that is the case, then the battery inside of the ORA-1 is better than the one in Google Glass. Google Glass only has a 570 mAh lithium-polymer battery, which lasts up to 5 or 6 hours.

Battery Winner: ORA-1

Display

ORA-1Google Glass
Display4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 640×480Prism projector, 640×360 pixels (equivalent of a 25 in, 64 cm screen from 8 ft/2.4 m away)./td>

The ORA-1 has a bright display with a 640×480 resolution. What’s really cool about the ORA-1 display though is that it can be moved. The ORA-1 has two display positions called “Augmented Reality Mode” and “Glance Mode”. Augmented reality mode places the display in the center of the wearers’ field of view and glance mode moves the display to the lower corner of the right side. Pretty cool.

Google Glass has a prism projector with a 640×360 resolution. Not only does the Google Glass display have a lower resolution than the display on ORA-1, but the Google Glass display cannot be repositioned like ORA’s can. So, overall, the ORA-1 display is slightly superior to the prism on Google Glass.

Display Winner: ORA-1

Camera

ORA-1Google Glass
Camera5MP Photos and 1080p Video.5MP Photos and 720p Video.

There is really not much to talk about when it comes to the cameras on these two devices. The ORA-1 and Google Glass can both snap 5MP photos. The devices differ when it comes to recording videos though. The ORA-1 can record 1080p video, but Google Glass can only record 720p video. Last time I checked, 1080p is better than 720p.

Camera Winner: ORA-1

Sensors

ORA-1Google Glass
Sensors9 axis motion sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and GPS.Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer (GPS), ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and optical touch sensor.

It’s always nice to have a big bundle of sensors for developers to take advantage of. Both devices have a nice package of sensors, but Google Glass is slightly better. From I’ve read, there is no accelerometer or gyroscope in the ORA-1. So, at the end of the day, Google Glass has a couple more sensors than ORA-1.

Sensors Winner: Google Glass

Connectivity

ORA-1Google Glass
ConnectivityWifi and bluetooth.Wifi and bluetooth.

Both devices are on equal ground in this area. Both are able to connect to wifi and/or bluetooth.

Connectivity Winner: Neither. Tie.

Sound

ORA-1Google Glass
SoundAudio Jack and Microphone.Bone conduction transducer, ear buds, and microphone

The ORA-1 is pretty interesting when it comes to sound. The ORA-1 has an integrated microphone, but no integrated speakers. Instead of speakers, it has a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. Google Glass on the other hand has a microphone and integrated sound. Google Glass has a bone conduction transducer that provides audio to the wearer. Google Glass also has compatible earbuds.

When it comes to sound, I’d have to say that Google Glass is slightly superior. Having to use headphones to get sound isn’t terrible, but it’s definitely nice to have a speaker or some other integrated solution for sound.

Sound Winner: Google Glass

Controls

ORA-1Google Glass
ControlsTouchpad, voice, and buttons.Touchpad, gestures (with Myo Band), and voice.

These two devices are pretty similar when it comes to controls. Both can be controlled by a touchpad on the side and by voice. Besides the touchpad and voice commands, the ORA-1 has buttons to control volume, power state, and the camera. Google Glass also has a button for power and a button for the camera. The only advantage that Google Glass has over the ORA-1 is that it is compatible with the Myo Band, so it can be controlled by gestures. Overall though, the controls on the devices are pretty similar.

Controls Winner: Neither. Tie.

So, that is a hardware comparison of the ORA-1 and Google Glass. The ORA-1 can definitely stand up to a top-contender like Google Glass, but the device does have its downsides. Compared to Google Glass, the ORA-1 barely has any storage space and having no integrated speaker kind of sucks. Still, the ORA-1 is a device you might want to consider picking up if you’re a developer or someone who just has a general interest in smart glasses.

If you would like to check out a full comparison of these two devices, then click right here.