Snapchat Unveils First Wearable

It's like Snapchat's version of Google Glass!

Would it make everyone around you wear a flower crown? Will everyone become dogs? Well, not exactly. Snapchat now wants everyone to share snippets of their lives through your lenses...literally. Called the Spectacles, this is a sunglasses-camera combo that means you'll no longer have to snap from your phone.

CEO Evan Spiegel tested the Spectacles on holiday with fiancee Miranda Kerr and he said "It was our first vacation and we were walking through the woods. When I got the footage back I could see my memory, through my eyes. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again."

So how does it work? The Spectacles have a small camera in the top left corner and recording is activated by tapping a button near the hinge. It will record up to 10 seconds of video at a time in a new circular format, which can be played full screen on any device.

An official statement by Snapchat also said, "Circular video plays full screen on any device, in any orientation, and captures the human perspective with a 115-degree field of view. We can’t wait for you to see it!" Spiegel primarily cited Spectacles as a toy in previous interviews regarding their newest release. It is, however, still expected to have potentially powerful impact since it will free the Snapchat ecosystem from smartphone cameras.

A pair of the Spectacles will go on sale later this year for £100 or Php6,300. Spectacles will be available in black, teal or coral and look much more like ordinary sunglasses than previous innovations like Google Glass. Aside from the Spectacles announcement, Snapchat has announced that the company is now called Snap Inc.

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