Monday, June 14, 2021

Snapchat Unveils Spectacles Specially Made For Augmented Reality

Snapchat just revealed the latest generation of its Spectacles which are specially designed for augmented reality (AR). Though previous generations of Snapchat’s camera glasses have been sold to consumers, this one is apparently only available for AR content creators – at least for now.

The state-of-the-art glasses come with two RGB cameras, four built-in microphones, two stereo speakers, and a touchpad to provide a multi-sensorial experience. Weighing light at just 134 grams, they can operate for roughly 30 minutes per charge.

Additionally, they come with dual 3D waveguide displays and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform. To provide a satisfying AR experience both indoors and outside, the display dynamically adjusts up to 2,000 Nits of brightness.

The glasses’ temple touchpad allows the user to fiddle with the display and launch the Lens Carousel. Pressing the right button activates Scan, which analyses what’s in the field of view and suggests relevant Lenses based on the user’s surroundings.

Pressing the left button captures 10-second Snaps of Lenses overlaid on the world allowing users to send Snaps right from the glasses. There’s also a Voice Scan function that allows users to verbally launch Lenses.

Snapchat said it already has offered the new Spectacles to a chosen group of creators. The company is obviously keen to show off what the glasses are capable of. Maybe one day, they’ll be available for the rest of us.

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