It seems like Snap can’t give up its obsession with techy camera glasses. Its previous edition of camera-enabled shades was functionally better, but not a revolution.
Now the social service has announced a new version of its Spectacles called the Spectacles 3 for recording social media moments on the go and this time they can capture photos and videos in 3D.
The Snapchat Spectacles 3 glasses include dual HD cameras – one on each side of the frame – to capture scenes in 3D. The third-gen Spectacles can record HD video at 60 FPS, which can then be transferred to your phone via Bluetooth or wi-fi, where they can be edited and posted to Snapchat. It all seems like a bit too much of a hassle when someone could just hold their phone up to get a point-of-view-angled shot.
The dual cameras make it possible to record 3D stereoscopic footage featuring a subtle depth effect. Besides, Snap claims that quad mics on the Spectacles capture significantly better audio. Snap is also bringing the possibility of augmented reality enhancement with the latest version of its wearable.
With Spectacles 3, you can add a 3D filter to your walking, take a pseudo-3D stall shot of your friends, and add a 3D lens effect to the bike ride. The cameras light up when recording as a privacy feature, so you won’t be able to record someone standing in front of you without them knowing about it.
The glasses also come with 4GB of onboard storage, capable of holding around 100 videos or 1,200 photos. Additionally, they feature a battery that can capture 70 videos and more than 200 photos on a charge, reports The Verge. You can only record video for up to a minute of continuous video at a time, which is an improvement over the 10 seconds from before.
Meanwhile, the frame has been upgraded to lightweight, high-strength stainless steel, and give two color choices – carbon (black) and mineral (a sandy shade). Besides, the leather charging case can hold up to four Spectacles charges to keep your snapping going and fold flat when you’re not using it.
Unlike the previous edition, the new Spectacles aren’t waterproof. So while you can take it to the beach, just make sure you don’t take them for a dip. The company says Spectacle 3 is a much more limited edition than before.
Well, the new shades are certainly unique, looking and come with a serious price tag. The new glasses priced at $380 – more than twice as expensive as the original Spectacles (which went for $150) – and will go on sale on Spectacles.com starting November this year.