Snapchat Has Launched Spectacles, The New Smart Eyeglasses


Finally, Snapchat’s smart eyeglasses is ready for all of you selfie lovers.

We’ve been waiting for Snapchat to respond after Instagram launched Stories, and now we may have seen just what their counter-punch will be, with the first look at their long-awaited smart glasses project, called Spectacles.

Spectacles enable the wearer to capture their perspective without having to take out their phone and film the moment – in speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Snap Inc. (Snapchat’s new company name) CEO Evan Spiegel describes this as being “like a wall in front of your face”, taking you away from the moment.

Capturing the moment is what Spectacles is all about – Spiegel, again talking to WSJ, described one of the first times he wore the glasses, on vacation with fiancé Miranda Kerr, in particularly passionate overtures.

“It was our first vacation, and we went to Big Sur for a day or two. We were walking through the woods, stepping over logs, looking up at the beautiful trees. And when I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes. It was unbelievable. It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again.”