Snap’s Spectacles Are Available Now For $129.99

by Jamie Feltham • February 20th, 2017

Snap is no longer just about Snapcat; the AR app company today entered the wearables market with its new pair of Spectacles.

You can now grab a pair of Spectacles through an online store — and not the single vending machine that was secretly shifting around LA last year — though there’s already a hefty queue. A set costs $129.99, comes in black, red, or blue, and delivers within the next two to four weeks. You won’t get them in time to show off on the GDC showfloor, then, but you can expect to start seeing the human race sporting the circular specs towards the end of march.

While the Snapchat app is heavily focused on AR with overlays for selfies, this first-generation of Spectacles is focusing squarely on recording memories. The right lens has a small camera with a 115 degree field of view embedded in its frame, while the left has a light that indicates recording is taking place. Click a button on the frame and you’ll take a 10-second clip (or Snap) that you can instantly add to your Memories in the Snapchat app. Clips can be extended up to 20 or 30 second intervals, too.

A charging case and cable are both available from the site, though they’re also included with the Spectacles themselves.

While the Spectacles may not have any AR capabilities just yet, they are a potential first step to that eventuality. We doubt Snap has interested in more elaborate, expensive AR and mixed reality (MR) systems like HoloLens that allow you to play games and access apps, but a device that one day combines these new recording features with the ability to overlay AR images on top of faces definitely seems like a logical step. With the cheaper (though still not insignificant) price tag, these could be the first wearable headsets that truly start to catch on with the mainstream

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  • user

    amazing. “spy glasses”. the future is here.

  • Lucidfer

    Snapchat is actually doing a great job that so far neither Apple, Samsung or HTC have been capable of doing: cheap AR capture and tracking.

    • Me

      What are you talking about ? It’s just glasses with cameras, there’s no AR involved at all here.

      • user

        he is just a troll looking for attention. thats why he upvotes his own comments.

    • NooYawker

      This is glasses with a camera on it. That’s it.

    • lovethetech

      One can see the Snapchat Hypers in comment section of every Snapchat article. Snapchat must be running bots and their fellows come and post positive comments very soon.

      Also , you will notice they post only the extremely positive HYPED comments.

    • lovethetech

      Photoshopping in realtime with a program (APP) is not AR, please.

  • VR Geek

    I totally do not get this product. Everyone I know who uses snap chat mostly takes selfies of themselves and maybe their food now and then. Rarely is it snaps of what they are staring at. This is bizarre and I wouldn’t be surprised if I see anyone wearing anytime soon. Maybe down the line when they are AR glasses and not just cameras.

  • Robbie Cartwright

    Just an editing note, it says “snapcat” not “snapchat” up at the top there.

  • I still remember people beating Google glass users in the streets because were concerned about being filmed…