Snapchat Inc. Introduces Spectacles
On September 24th, Snapchat, now Snap Inc. introduced via social media and their web page the Spectacles; sunglasses integrated with one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world. The battery is supposed to last about a day.
According to Snap Inc. CEO, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “the point of recording your memories from a pair of sunglasses” is that you would create more “real memories” because you’ll be recording “closer to the eye’s natural feel of view”, so every time you watch your memory, it is going to be like you are experiencing it all over again; moreover your hands would be free to do whatever you like to do in your memory.
How do Spectacles Work?
Spectacles records secular video with a 115-degree lens. Secular video means you can view the photos in portrait or landscape on your device. The Spectacles record in a circular format video to mimic the human eye, similar to the one in Go Pro, but they would play full screen in your device.
The way it works is by tapping the button on the left side of the frame, it will capture a 10 second snap and then it would automatically stop recording. To add an additional 10 seconds, you just have to tap the button again; they can record up to 30 seconds at a time. It comes with an inside light to let you know when you are recording and an outward facing light to let the other people know the camera is rolling.
The sunglasses are directly connected to Snapchat in your smartphone device via Bluetooth if it is an IOS or WI-FI if it is an Android. If you don’t have your smartphone with you while recording, the gadget would save your videos until you have your phone with you again.
Spectacles are going to be available in 3 different colours: blue (teal), coral-red and black and just one size. To charge them they come on a wireless charging case and its cable and it would last for a whole day of recording.
How much will Spectacles Cost?
The cost is going to be $130 and it would be sold as a toy according to Snap Inc. CEO, because they would want to see the acceptance they would have, with this new gadget “its all about figuring out if it fits into peoples lives”.
How are they Different from Google Glass?
Why are these Spectacles different from Google Glass? Because they would be more affordable; it’s not a mini computer is more like a Go pro for Snapchat and lastly they look “cooler” than the Google Glass. “If you look at the kinds of glasses millennials wear, the design is very ‘in’,” suggested Carolina Milanesi, a consumer technology analyst from Creative Strategies.
But after all we still have many questions about the Spectacles, when are they going to be released to the public? Are they only taking video or are we going to be able to take pictures? Is there any way we can use them at night since they are sunglasses? I think there is still information missing, but we will see how this works out. See how the videos would look here.