Snap to Release Spectacles 3 AR Glasses with 3D Video Camera

Snap Spectacles 3
Snap’s new Spectacles cost almost twice as much as the previous version (Image: Snap Inc.)

Snap just announced Spectacles 3, a redesigned version of its AR sunglasses with a sleek new design and an added HD camera. The higher priced glasses feature two cameras for the first time, and it’s all designed to allow you to create 3D video that can interpret the depth of your environment.

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Photos captured using Spectacles 3 seamlessly transfer in HD to Memories within Snapchat to add new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects to an entire scene with a swipe. Snaps can also export to Camera Roll as circular, horizontal, square and virtual reality formats for saving, editing, sharing, and reliving, anywhere, reports Business Wire.

Tap either button for video (up to 60 seconds continuously) or press and hold for a still. Spectacles 3 supplements high-definition videos with high-fidelity audio from a 4-microphone array. LED indicator lights notify people when recording, and users will see a light as well.

Spectacles 3 feature a strong, lightweight steel frame with circular lenses and adjustable acetate tips.

The glasses come with Spectacles 3 charge on-the-go in their included Charging Case, which can store up to four charges. The full-grain leather case folds flat when not in use and comes equipped with a standard certified USB-C charging cable.

Also included is a 3D viewer to relive memories and bring Snaps to life.

A pair of smartglasses
Image: Snap

Spectacles 3 come in two color options:

Carbon: a classic, monochromatic black with a semi-matte finish and high-gloss details.

Mineral: a tone inspired by cosmetic hues with a hint-of-gold frame.

The new glasses are more than twice as expensive as last year’s model, which cost $150. Snap executives say the higher-end version is meant to appeal to a smaller group of “fashion-forward” creative types. But the higher cost may also be a way to recover its manufacturing costs for the original Spectacles which debuted in 2016. Snap sold more than 200,000 pairs of the first version, but the company still ended up with $40 million in unsold inventory by late 2017.

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Spectacles 3 will ship this fall and are available to pre-order now for $380 at Spectacles.com. However, the company says they will only be a “limited edition,” with production just a fraction of the original version.