Snapchat Spectacles are finally available online, but only in the US for now. The company began sales of its highly publicized video-recording sunglasses Spectacles online in the US for a reported fee of $129.99, TechCrunch reports.
Before Monday’s announcement, the in-demand spectacles were dispensed through Snapbot vending machines in select locations and New York pop-up store in the last couple of months.
Shipment, according to the company, will take up to two to four weeks to get to their destinations. Each household will be limited to 6 pairs of the highly fashionable sunglasses. Customers can also now buy $49.99 charging cases and $9.99 charging cords from the company. What this means is that they will no longer be available on Amazon.
Giving reasons why Snap made the decision to begin selling the spectacles online, a company spokesperson told TechCrunch that:
“As Evan shared in his interview with the WSJ, when we launched, the idea was: ‘We’re going to take a slow approach to rolling them out,’ says Spiegel. ‘It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it.’ Response has been positive since November’s launch so we’re now happy to be able to make Spectacles more readily available — especially for those in the US who have not been able to make it to a Snapbot.”
Snapchat spectacles are quite different from Google Glass, and are also way cheaper. A pair of Google Glass went as high as $1,500 when it was first released in 2012. A lot of people probably felt that Google Glass was over hyped—and that explains one of the reasons the hardware didn’t live up to expectations.
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Unlike Snapchat spectacles, Google Glass attracted a lot of criticism because people felt it violated privacy. As a matter of fact, it was banned from some restaurants and other public places.
Spectacles on the other hand, will hope to avoid a repeat of such challenges. For example, the sunglasses have been designed to record 10 seconds of video at a time. The fact that they can’t be worn indoors [they are sunglasses], they are unlikely to suffer any privacy issues.
Spectacles can record up to 10 seconds video, and comes with a wide-angle lens that is almost similar to the fish-eye lens of GoPro cameras. You can connect the camera to a smartphone wirelessly—and that in my opinion makes the spectacles something you don’t want to miss.
Snapchat filed for an IPO earlier this month, and will now use the Sunglasses as an avenue to gain the sympathy of the public. As a matter of fact, making the glasses available online will recreate the kind of buzz that greeted the initial release in September.
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