The company formerly known as Snapchat announced it will be unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime soon this fall. Snap Inc. as the company is now called says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities.
What are Spectacles?
Spectacles, are its own smart glasses. The specs shoot first-person
video clips, or Snaps, that you can transfer directly to the Snapchat app.
The company, which has also renamed itself Snap Inc. to reflect its expansion into consumer hardware, introduced the new product on their new website called Spectacles.com. It also posted a statement on the new site Snap.com.
Snap Inc has created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world. Spectacles are capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and integrating the snaps into a fun pair of sunglasses.
Snapchat’s $130 camera glasses will come in three colors: coral, teal and black.
How do I use Spectacles?
The specs can record up to 10 seconds of video from the wearer’s perspective. Each tap of a button mounted on the frames records another clip, while a ring of tiny lights lets people know you’re recording. The camera-glasses use a 115-degree-angle lens that resembles the human eye’s natural field of view.
How do I get my snaps onto my phone?
Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer your Memories directly into the app in the brand new circular video format.
If you have an Android device, you have to transfer them via Wi-Fi. If you have an iOS device, they will transfer by default via the glasses’ Bluetooth connection. Or, you can choose to can transfer them at a higher resolution over Wi-Fi.
The glasses, which can be recharged in their case, will come in one size and be available on a limited basis.
How do I know I’m recording?
There is an inward-facing light that turns on when you’re snapping, and an outward-facing light that alerts anyone in your field of vision.
What’s the longest video that I can record?
You can record up to 30 seconds at a time.
In 2014, Snapchat bought Vergence Labs, a startup that makes Google Glass-like eyewear that records video of what the wearer sees. In 2015, Snapchat began building Snapchat Research, a team composed of scientists and software engineers specializing in computer vision and machine learning.
What format do the glasses record in?
They’re in a new “circular” meant to mimic the way the human eye sees. When you’re watching your snaps back on your phone, they can be played back in either landscape or portrait orientation.