Snapchat, the popular social media app, has changed their company name to Snap, Inc and has just launched their first piece of hardware, a totally new type of camera. It’s a small wireless video camera embedded in sunglasses and they call them Spectacles.
Snap’s Camera-Integrated Spectacles
The company’s first tangible product, Spectacles, integrates one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge. Designed in 3 colors, they use a special lens that records video that can play on any device.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel refers to it as a toy, to be worn for kicks at a barbecue or an outdoor concert—Spectacles video syncs wirelessly to a smartphone, making it easily shareable. “We’re going to take a slow approach to rolling them out,” says Spiegel. “It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it.”
How Do They Work?
Spectacles video syncs wirelessly to a smartphone, making it easily shareable. Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer your Memories directly into the app in their brand new circular video format.
Spectacles’ camera uses a 115-degree-angle lens, wider than a typical smartphone’s and much closer to the eyes’ natural field of view. The video it records is circular, more like human vision.
The circular video plays full screen on any device, in any orientation, and captures the human perspective with a 115 degree field of view.
You just tap the button at the top of the frame to take a ten second snap:
Moving lights show your friends you’re snapping and then you wirelessly add your snaps to memories on Snapchat.
Spectacles come with a dedicated charging case and cable. A battery life indicator can be viewed by double-tapping the side of the glasses frame.
Spectacles will be available in a limited number, priced at $129.99 a pair.(subject to change)