Snapchat's New Spectacles Are Water-Resistant and 'Made for Summer'

27 April, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Snap Spectacles

According to Snap, owners of the first version of Spectacles will soon receive a firmware update which will also allow them to take photographs with their glasses.

And yes, that's the other big change: Spectacles are no longer an elusive piece of tech that sent journalists and Snapchat fans running around the country. With almost all of the 3.5 billion Snaps captured every day, taken on a phone, the company wants to take a leadership role as camera technology evolves, he said. The onboard storage can hold about 150 videos and 3,000 photos.

The glasses will be available to buy from Spectacles.com or within Snapchat's app.

Users can also press and hold the left button to take a still photograph. But the fervor soon fizzled, and the company disclosed past year that it was sitting on hundreds of thousands of unsold pairs and took a $40 million loss on the glasses.

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The first version of Spectacles sold relatively poorly, with around 220,000 units sold worldwide, a result of their limited functionality and unstylish look. The temple area of the frame, which houses the bulk of the electronics, is around one third smaller, while the charging case is more than 20 per cent smaller.

Unlike the wild colors of the initial Spectacles, the new models are available in more muted colors, Onyx, Ruby and Sapphire. Those that are looking for a prescription version will be happy to know that now that is a possibility and will be offered through Lensabl for an additional $125.

New dual microphones capture clearer, higher quality sound. Now again Snapchat is trying their luck in the spectacles department by launching the V2 of the Spectacles. Eventually, they were sold online, but the oversized glasses were a large failure: In October 2017, Snap wrote down $40 million in unsold Spectacles and parts because it wildly overestimated demand.

One of the most mighty features is that now you can even take videos and photos underwater, glasses can survive up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

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