1. Snapchat debuts recording ‘Spectacles,’ changes company name

Snapchat debuts recording ‘Spectacles,’ changes company name

Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product.

By: | New York | Published: September 25, 2016 1:08 AM
The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the Memories section of the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. (logo) The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the Memories section of the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. (logo)

Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product.

The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the Memories section of the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

The glasses are the first hardware from the Los Angeles-based company.

The glasses record so-called “circular video,” meaning it plays full-screen on any device in any orientation.

They will be available in the US in the fall on a limited basis and cost USD 130.

In a way, the Spectacles recall Google’s venture into eyewear, Google Glass, which took photos and video.

But that device also had a screen that let you surf the web as well and cost USD 1,500.

Google shuttered that venture in early 2015 after it received a tepid response from users. The company says it’s changing its name to Snap Inc since it now has more than one product. The app will retain the name Snapchat.

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