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Snapchat Announces Spectacles: $130 Camera Sunglasses

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Snapchat just unveiled camera sunglasses for capturing your daily life as your eyes see it. The Snapchat Spectacles are upcoming $130 shades that will compete against the likes of Google Glass.

Spectacles were developed by Snapchat over the past few years, and it has an integrated video camera — one of the smallest wireless video cameras that exist.

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“Imagine one of your favorite memories,” Snapchat says. “What if you could go back and see that memory the way you experienced it? That’s why we built Spectacles.”

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On a single charge using the provided case, the Spectacles can capture a day’s worth of Snaps to document your life.

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Tapping the sunglasses records a 10-second Snap, and lights on the device indicate that recording is in progress.

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The shades connect directly to Snapchat using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, transferring your Memories into the app using a new circular video format.

The circular videos play full screen on any device and in any orientation, showing what you experienced with a 115-degree field of view.

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Here’s a short promo video that introduces the new Snapchat Spectacles:

Spectacles will be launching as a limited initial batch to the public “soon” — the exact date hasn’t been revealed — and will be available for $130 in 3 different colors.

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And finally, in related news, Snapchat also announced today that the company (but not the product) has been renamed to Snap Inc.

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