Update: Spectacles.com is live and details some of the features of the product, including that Android phones will be connected via Wi-Fi while iPhones will be connected through Bluetooth. Clips as long as 30 seconds can be recorded.
The Wall Street Journal combined a feature on Snapchat‘s sharp millennial CEO, Evan Spiegel, and the empire he has built with a new product peg. A hardware peg, to be precise.
Despite what many consider a horribly cluttered user interface that belies the private video sharing app, the Journal‘s Seth Stevenson calls upon Spiegel’s “aptitude for product design,” at least according to the Silicon Valley cognoscenti. Part of that vision lies in Snapchat Spectacles.
Brass tacks, here: yes, we’re talking about a pair of glasses with video cameras embedded on the edge of each lens. Tapping a button around the hinge will record 10 seconds of video through a 115° circular field of vision — in other words, something close to human perspective. The idea is to take the phone, take holding this slab thing in your hand out of the equation and to let you be yourself as you capture a moment. Every tap is a new clip and every clip is instantly shared to your account through your synced, pocketed smartphone.
Spectacles has been in the works for several years. It could reach a wider audience than just within the company soon as limited sales could start this fall. It comes in black, teal or coral colors and will cost $129.99.
All in all, Spectacles will end up being an experiment for Spiegel, if the tailwinds are strong enough. Google Glass didn’t go down in a pyre of privacy for nothing. Being able to instantly grab a moment and send it out somehow to the internet might really get people riled up.
Spectacles does allow for the company to also control the vision of Snapchat — beyond the limitations of your 8-megapixel or 21-megapixel limited field-of-view phone camera. All for the sake of cozy, natural and quick communication, we suppose.
Still, if you’re looking for a more generic, nearly undetectable secret camera experience in the future, look no further to smart contact lenses.
Source: Wall Street Journal