Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Snapchat unveils new version of Spectacles

Snapchat unveils new version of Spectacles

Specs can now take photos as well as video, and new dual microphones capture clearer, higher quality audio.

However, the more discrete design comes with its issues.

The new Snap Spectacles are the second generation of the company's wearable. While the first version was available in black, teal and coral, the new Spectacles will be sold in only onyx, ruby and sapphire shades.

Snapchat released a new version of Snapchat Spectacles Thursday.

Lenses come in flat and gradient designs, and Snap's partnered with Lensabl so you can buy prescription-strength glasses from their site. To capture a photo, users hold the top button for a second. That won't be the case this time around: Spectacles 2.0 can be purchased on Snapchat's website.

Users will need the latest version of Snapchat installed on an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or above, or an Android phone running Android 4.4 or above, with Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Snap claimed the battery can last up to a week with regular usage. As we heard from various rumors in the lead up to this reveal, Spectacles V2 are also water-resistant, meaning you can use them in the rain or even in shallow water, should the mood strike. Although wearers will not be able to take them very deep (only about 1 meter) but they'll be fine for swimming near the surface for around 30 minutes at a time.

Other upgrades to this model include the ability to take a picture rather than just video, better hardware, and more colors.

Like their predecessor, they can be used to record videos, which are automatically uploaded to the users' Snapchat app. The company has market cap of $19.18 billion.

With a relatively abysmal first outing, one may question why the company felt the need to update its product and try and reintroduce it on the consumer market.

There's a wireless video camera embedded inside the glasses.

Looking at previous FCC filings and patents, Snap's engineers certainly have their eyes on an AR future.

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