Snap (formerly known as Snapchat) had only made its Spectacles available via pop up stores and vending machines across the United States. But this week, the company is finally offering its glasses through its new online store. By visiting this page, interested parties can purchase a pair of Spectacles in three color options -- namely, black, blue, and orange -- for a retail price of $129. By the way, Spectacles come with a charging case that should be able to recharge the glasses four times. After purchase, delivery times will reportedly be between two to four weeks.
For those not familiar with Spectacles, they offer the capability to take video footage in 10 second long blocks. These blocks will then be saved to the user’s Memories folder in his Snapchat mobile app. What make Spectacles so interesting is that they come with a 115 degree lens, which can capture video in a circular format, basically akin to how human eyes see visual information. When the videos recorded by Spectacles are played back on the user’s mobile device, they are automatically cropped to either landscape or portrait format, that is, depending on how the user is holding his handset.
Sure, the videos recorded via Spectacles are designed to be watched with the Snapchat mobile app, but the company is actually also allowing users to export video content to the their camera roll, in order to be shared by way of other apps. Viewers can be even choose to make their videos appear as circles surrounded by white background.
Also, when the user is recording video content, the Spectacles feature an outward facing light, which should help other people know that the wearer of the glass is currently filming. Similarly, an internal light works the same way for the user. When the button located on the top left section of glass is tapped, recording will instantly commence. By default, the record time is at 10 seconds, but with a second tap, users can extend the record time to half a minute.
Despite the fact that the Spectacles can be paired with an iPhone device or an Android powered handset by way of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections, they can still function as fully standalone gadgets. By this we mean that users can will still be able to record videos as they like, with the footage saved in the glasses until people connect it to their mobile device.
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