It’s been a year since Snapchat’s parent company, Snap launched its first hardware product, Spectacles. Although the heat has since died, within a year it garnered around 150,000 sales. As reported by CNBC, Snap’s CEO Steven Speigel was speaking at Vanity Fair’s fourth annual New Establishment Summit. According to Speigel, sales of Spectacles were beyond expectations, and even compared to Apple iPod’s first year sales of around 143,000 units. Also Read - Snapchat celebrates Friendship Day with new Lenses: Here's how to use itAlso Read - 10 most downloaded mobile apps in 2021 so far: TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, more
Last September, Snapchat rebranded itself as Snap Inc, and launched Spectacles at the same time. Priced at $130 (approximately Rs 8,600), Snap’s Spectacles sport a cool look with bright colors, and is equipped with a camera. The camera in the glasses has 115-degree lens, which is made to record in such a way that it imitates how a human eye sees things. On the top-left corner of Spectacles there’s a button which one needs to press to start recording. The allotted time for recording a video is 10 seconds. To add ten seconds more of recording time, one can tap the button again. The maximum recording time goes up to 30 seconds.
Although Spectacles might seem like spy glasses, once recording begins an outward-facing light will turn on alerting anyone within the field of vision. Similarly, you will be alerted if you start recording as an inward-facing light will turn on. Android users can transfer the recorded videos via Wi-Fi connection, whereas iOS users can do so via a dedicated Bluetooth connection as well. ALSO READ: Snapchat to launch original programming by 2018: Report
If you don’t have a smartphone handy, the snaps will be saved in the device itself. You can later view them in portrait and landscape modes. Spectacles save the videos in circular view, and can be played on other devices as well. Snap also crops the videos accordingly. At the time of its launch, Spectacles was available in the US only with the company stating that it will be selling only a limited number of units. This year in June, Snap launched Spectacles in Europe along with Snapbots where the device can be purchased from. ALSO READ: Snap Spectacles launched in Europe; Snapbot vending machines installed across Europe