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|Subject : Snapchat to release video-sharing glasses ‘Spectacles’
The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime “soon.” Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities. They’re connected sunglasses that record video snippets that get saved to your Snapchat Memories. Its camera has a 115-degree lens meant to more closely approximate how humans see. The glasses will cost $130, come in one size, and be available in three colours: black, teal, and coral. Tap the button on the top left-hand corner of the sunglasses to begin recording a snap. It will automatically stop recording after 10 seconds — but if you want additional recording time, you can tap again to add another 10-second increment. 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.
You can record up to 30 seconds at a time. 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. You can use the glasses as a standalone device — they’ll store the snaps until you return to your phone. 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. (Snapchat crops them accordingly.) You can get about a day out of your Spectacles, Snap says. The outward-facing light is also a battery indicator — double-tap it and you’ll see how much juice you have left. Spectacles will come with a dedicated charging case and cable. Snap says that when fully charged, the case can recharge your Spectacles up to four times. Facebook and its subsidiaries are raiding its flagship app for parts, which seems likely to blunt Snap’s growth, especially internationally. Snap needs a second act, and hardware like this can have very good profit margins — and be quite difficult to copy.