Snapchat's new Spectacles: Everything you need to know

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Their first set of Spectacles, released in late 2016, gave users the ability to take videos, providing a unique first-person view that offered users a new means to record their most treasured and interesting experiences. Snap talked to users and discovered that the first pair were too bulky to easily fit in a pocket, and sized down the successor, so you can slip the glasses into a pocket.

The FCC filing seen last week for the new Spectacles didn't reveal a lot, but we did learn that they will come with 802.11ac WiFi and are labeled model "002". To begin, note the simple differences. The process seems to work a bit better now, but it still requires photos to first go through Snapchat, as reported by TechCrunch. Pricing a product like this in reference to the high-end eyewear market is understandable but they are fundamentally a gadget, albeit one sitting alone in a product class no one asked for.

All of this leads to how much Snap wants for a pair of Spectacles. The price includes the case and the charger for the glasses. Snap claimed the battery can last up to a week with regular usage.

The biggest new feature for this year's Spectacles, though, is the inclusion of water resistance. The Spectacles are compatible with iOS 10 and Android 4.4 and above, functioning using Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth Low-Energy.

With expectations that the company will be working on 3-D capable video glasses in the future, this version would be a stepping stone for hardware development to produce consumer-friendly camera glasses for the market. Controls are all in the temple of the glasses - there's a button there.

The new version is water resistant, and they can take photos and videos in high definition. The fact that it is not obvious that the Spectacles are filming their surroundings may lead to a privacy issue, as people who are not comfortable being filmed will be less aware of this with the new design, which has removed the permanent yellow ring in the corner of the frame.

Snap When can I get them? They're waterproof, can take photos as well as videos, and images can be downloaded to your phone far more quickly. That's not recommended by Snapchat. To snap a photograph, press and hold the same button.



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