Sep 26th, 2016

You may not be able to buy Google Glass anymore, but Snapchat has a new camera-infused pair of glasses which will make their debut before the end of the year. Snapchat Spectacles were presented to a small group of people by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. While there’s still a lot we don’t know about the upcoming wearable, we do know that the device isn’t as ambitious as Google Glass. Snapchat Spectacles will be able to record 10-second, circular video clips when you press a button which is near the hinge of the glasses. According to Spiegel, the rectangular video format is “an unnecessary vestige of printing photos on sheets of paper.”

In addition to the Spectacles news, Snapchat has announced that the company will not be known as Snap Inc.

Spectacles will cost $130 and will be able to record 10-second, circular video clips when you press a button which is near the hinge of the glasses. The camera is paired with a 115-degree lens and the frames will be available in black, teal, and coral. According to Spiegel, the rectangular video format is “an unnecessary vestige of printing photos on sheets of paper.” Based on the videos below, the circular video format will allow users to watch playback of the video in landscape or portrait mode on a smartphone. The Snap Spectacles will alert others that they are being recorded thanks to an outward-facing light that’s mounted around the camera lens. As you’d expect, the video captures with the Snapchat Spectacles will sync wirelessly with a user’s phone. The initial production run of Spectacles will be fairly small, allowing the company to get feedback from users and gauge demand for future production runs. 

We still don’t know if the Snap Spectacles will be able to take pictures, what resolution video is captured at, how many units will be built for the initial production run and where you’ll be able to buy them.

Do you think Snap Spectacles will be a hit or will they suffer the same fate as Google Glass did?

[WSJ]

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