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Snapchat Unveils Spectacles — Sunglasses With a Camera

Snapchat, now officially known as Snap, is entering the hardware market with some wearable tech of its own.

Dubbed Spectacles, the device is, essentially, sunglasses with a built-in video camera capable of capturing and creating “Memories.”

snap-specs“We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses,” reads a Snap blog post.

To use the device, you simply tap it to get started on making a 10‑second Snap. Lights on the glasses will show friends when you are ‘Snapping.’

The Smart glasses will connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, enabling you to transfer your videos captured in Snap’s “brand new circular video format,” directly into the app.  Circular video is compatible with any device, offering a 115-degree field of view that plays back in full screen.

The device will charge in its case.

Spectacles, which will be available in three colors — black, turquoise and coral — will sell for $130 when the device its store shelves.

Although Snap’s blog post simply says the device will be released “soon,” a Wall Street Journal article quoting CEO Evan Spiegel indicated the gadgets would be released some time this fall.


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