SNAPCHAT has introduced a camera as part of spectacles. All the cowards who unlike snipers use long lenses to do street photography will now beable to get close and snipe away. I'm old school. I like to be close and personal after getting permission from the subject. Anything else is aggressive, intrusive and cowardly. But progress marches on.
Snapchat has introducd its first hardware product. It's a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera called 'Spectacles.' With the new product new company name is born: Snap Inc. The name change, Snap explains, is directly tied to the launch of Spectacles. With the product, Snap has become more than a company centered around the Snapchat app, and the new name reflects this new and expanded focus.
The "sunglasses" feature a built-in wireless video camera that records circular videos with a 115 -degree ‘human perspective’ field of view. The glasses also include an integrated battery able to sustain a day’s worth of recording on a charge, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for shuttling content from the device to the user's smartphone and, specifically, the Snapchat app.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the sunglasses feature a button near the hinge to initiate recording, which happens for up to 10-second duration. The publication also states the glasses will sell for $129.99 with limited distribution and a slow introduction because the company wants to tests the waters.
Spectacles will be offered in teal, black and coral, but no other official details have been provided at this time. Snap says Spectacles will be available ‘soon.'