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Snapchat to release $130 camera-equipped Spectacles this fall

Engadget logo Engadget 24/09/2016 Mariella Moon
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Yes, the Snapchat Spectacles are real, and company chief Evan Spiegel presented them to a small group of people today. According to The Wall Street Journal, Snapchat's first wearable product comes armed with a camera that can record 10-second videos when you tap a button near the hinge. Every tap starts a new recording. The results don't look like typical videos shot with phones or action cams, though -- not when it captures circular footage that mimics our own vision. Apparently, Spiegel believes that the rectangular format is "an unnecessary vestige of printing photos on sheets of paper." And since this is Snapchat we're talking about, the glasses can sync with your phone wirelessly, making anything it takes easy to share online.Snapchat will release Spectacles this fall for $130, but only a limited number of pairs will be available. The company wants to proceed slowly in order to get a feel of how people like it, and probably to see how well the initial stocks sell, before making more. Since he obviously doesn't expect to make big bucks out of Spectacles from the get-go, WSJ asked Spiegel why he designed them. His answer? "Because it's fun." If other people find the glasses fun, as well -- and, hey, unlike the Google Glass, these look like something anyone would wear -- then you might have an easier time finding a pair in the future.

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