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Snapchat Unveils First Hardware Product

Snapchat Unveils First Hardware Product
The photo messaging company is launching a wireless video camera built in to a pair of novelty sunglasses.

(CCM) — Snapchat has finally pulled the wraps off of Spectacles, its new wireless video camera built into a pair of sunglasses. The company, which has renamed itself Snap, claims that Spectacles is one of the smallest video cameras in the world. It records video footage in a new, circular format, which can be viewed in any orientation, and captures the human perspective with a 115 degree field of view. Spectacles connect via Bluetooth or WiFi to the Snapchat app running on a nearby smartphone. The company says that Spectacles will be available in three colors, and its battery should be able to power the device for a whole day on a single charge.

The device is reminiscent of Google's ill-fated Glass smart glasses. Glass cost $1,500 and proved unpopular with people who did not want to be recorded without their knowledge. Spectacles aims to avoid this problem with a light on the front of the device that illuminates when recording is in progress. Snapchat's product is also substantially cheaper: when Spectacles is launched later this year, it is expected to carry a $130 price tag.

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