Like to view the world through Snapchat-colored glasses? You’ll soon be able to do that for real. The millennial-friendly messaging service plus social network plus video hub is set to release “Spectacles,” its own smart glasses. The specs shoot first-person video clips, or Snaps, that you can transfer directly to the Snapchat app.”We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world,” the post says, “capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses.” Both sites say the specs will arrive “soon.” In an article published late Friday by The Wall Street Journal, Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel said the glasses would be available in the fall.The move is the latest in the continuous effort by tech companies to see into the future and stake out new territory as they jostle for customers and try to keep each other at bay.
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, the Journal said. “Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer your Memories directly into the app in our brand new circular video format [which] plays full screen on any device, in any orientation,” Snap Inc. said on its site. They cost $130 but if you find one it probably won’t be less than $500-$600.
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