In the first Snap’s attempt at making a Spectacle wearable camera, it was a spectacular failure. The company lost over $40 million after ending up with hundreds of thousands of unsold units. An FCC filing has shown that the company is not giving up, however, has launched the latest version of its Spectacles, with the new version being slightly smaller than that which it replaces, making the glasses appear less bulky on users’ faces.
To make a market for Spectacles, Snap is also pitching the V2 wearable as an accessory for those who are off on summer holidays by making the new version water resistant, something the initial release did not boast.
This all means that wearers actually need not worry about getting the Spectacles wet when it’s raining or, more likely when wearing around the pool. As Snap fixed the biggest pain points of its second-generation Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, available for $150. The first version only sold 220,000 pairs of V1, with their limited functionality, tricky exports, and goofy hues. Now that the V2 is stylish, convenient and useful enough to keep handy. They’re not revolutionaryThey’re a wearable camera for everybody.
“We want Spectacles to be the simplest and easiest way to make memories from your point of view, and we appreciate all of your thoughtful feedback — many of these improvements were inspired by you!”
Along with the inclusion of water resistance the new Spectacles also come with improved audio recording capabilities as well as the ability to record clips that last up to 30 seconds, but how? By tapping a button on the side of the frame. Photos can also be taken by tapping and holding that same button, with Snap saying that the HD transfer process from Spectacles to the mobile apps is now “up to four times faster,” which is considering the device can take up to 150 videos or 3,000 pictures before an import is needed.
The specs of Spectacles V2 includes no hidden vending machines with cryptic clues leading to long lines. They are openly for sale today in Snap’s four top markets, with IE, BE, NL, SE, NO, DK, DE, FI, AT, CH, PL, ES and IT coming next week. If you’re a proper spectacle wearer then the good news is that Spectacles V2 are also available with both prescription and polarized lenses thanks to a partnership with Lensable although you will need to be in the United States to order.
Snapchat’s new Spectacles are available to order now from spectacles.com in the US, UK, and Canada as well as France for $149.99, then in 13 more European countries on May 3. And come in Sapphire, Onyx and Ruby color options with two lens colors to choose from.
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