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

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

One issue the original Spectacles dealt with constantly was just how hard it was to get the videos from your glasses to your phone. Snap's V2 Spectacles double-down on the company's original vision without acknowledging that perhaps there was a fundamental reason they didn't sell as well as they had expected in the first place.

The sunglasses allow users to record photos, video and audio that can then be transferred to Snapchat for messages to friends. Spectacles 2.0 are not a type of AR glasses, but the lightweight camera technology and design could presage future ventures into AR.

The glasses can store up to 150 videos or 3,000 photos at a time. The price includes the case and the charger for the glasses. New Spectacles owners will be able to record 10 seconds of video with a single press of a button, or up to 30 seconds of content with another press. Now, consumers can order the new model only from the Spectacles.com website. If they have the potential to be something more than a dead-end, they should keep the brand alive in a lower-priced existence while forgetting about incremental upgrades and focusing on a more exciting (and expensive) future for smart glasses. It's unclear if these new models are different enough from their predecessors to find a market, especially at the higher cost. Snap talked to users and discovered that the first pair were too bulky to easily fit in a pocket, and sized down the successor, so you can slip the glasses into a pocket. Check out the video below for a look at the new Spectacles. 19 are the (NYSE:SNAP)'s ratings reports on April 26, 2018 according to StockzIntelligence Inc.

Lenses come in flat and gradient designs, and Snap's partnered with Lensabl so you can buy prescription-strength glasses from their site.

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The new Spectacles are also faster than series one, with up to four times the transfer speed when syncing your Snaps with your phone. Resolution has also improved, with the 1,088 x 1,088 video being bumped to 1,216 x 1,216 - and 1,642 x 1,642 for photographs.

If Snapchat is truly to pull off the Spectacles successfully, they may finally see a profitable quarter after losing $720 million past year.

Snap When can I get them? Currently, sales are limited to the US, Canada, Great Britain, and France.

While initially considered a niche product because of its limited usability with only Snapchat and its sketchy availability, the new version of the Spectacles could drive better adoption. The first generation had been available online and in "Minion"-esque vending machines in major cities".


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