Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.
Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras. “Snap, the company behind Snapchat, took a $40 million hit on the first Spectacles as it overestimated demand for the product. It launched Spectacles 2 earlier this year and was more conservative with the orders. According to a report, it’s now working on a new version of the Spectacles which will be more expensive at $350 and feature two cameras.”
TechCrunch: Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1 . “Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s.”
Elite Daily: Here’s How To Use Snapchat’s Voice-Controlled Lenses, & I Can’t Stop Talking. “Snapchat is here with a new way to control the Lenses you love, and you don’t have to lift a finger to do so. Snapchat released a new voice-controlled feature on Wednesday, Aug. 1, that allows users to activate new Snapchat Lenses simply by speaking to the app. It’s really that easy, and I can’t stop talking to pull up the fun new Lenses. If you are as eager as I am to use the new feature, wait no more. Here’s how to use Snapchat’s voice-controlled Lenses to send your next Snap.”
CNET: Snapchat Spectacles review. “Spectacles have grown up. Snap’s new version of its sunglasses with a camera look similar to the first version, but some tweaks help make them feel more like actual sunglasses rather than just a camera for Snapchat. They’re $150 (or £150 in the UK).”
The Guardian: Snapchat hopes for second time lucky with new Spectacles launch. “Snap is doubling down on its hardware business, launching a new version of its Spectacles camera-glasses today with a better camera, the ability to take still images and water resistance. The new model comes as Snapchat attempts to recover from the disappointing long-term fate of the first generation, which gathered attention – and long queues – when they were launched in extremely limited quantities in November 2016, but failed to sell in large numbers when they were eventually released on general sale.”
Variety: New Version of Snap’s Spectacles Pops Up in FCC Filing . “Snapchat’s corporate parent Snap Inc. may be getting ready to release a new version of its Spectacles wearable device soon: On late Tuesday, the FCC published a new filing made by the company for a ‘wearable video camera.’ Snap didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”