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'Spectacles by Snapchat' leak shows camera-equipped sunglasses

Engadget logo Engadget 24/09/2016 Richard Lawler
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As if a report that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had been spotted wearing a pair of camera-packing sunglasses wasn't enough, now Business Insider says it has an ad or demo video showing the product. Apparently posted to YouTube until it was taken down by a Snapchat claim, it shows "Spectacles by Snapchat" briefly, then video from the perspective of the wearer. There's no indication of any augmented reality capabilities, but if you were creeped out by Google Glass you may get a similar feeling here.

Two years ago, emails leaked from the Sony hacking revealed Snapchat's purchase of a company, Vergence Labs, that was developing a product building video recording into glasses. Called Epiphany Eyewear, the prototypes looked similar to what has been spotted on Spiegel and in this video. There's still no way to know how close these "Spectacles" are to production, but hopefully Snapchat will have its filter problems cleared up by then.Business Insider

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