Snapchat unveils new version of Spectacles

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Similarly, the Google Glass smart spectacles, launched in 2013, famously earned its wearers the sobriquet "Glasshole", and the company eventually stopped producing the device in 2015. The case, which doubles as a charger, is smaller as well.

The updates to the Spectacles were inspired by user requests, according to a blog post on Snap's website. Hardly anyone actually bought Spectacles, and those who did stopped using them within a month of buying them.

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The new version is also available in a wider range of frame and lens colors.

The primary function of the glasses is to take video from the perspective of the wearer.

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But Snap's new specs are waterproof, letting users take pictures from the pool or the beach, and downloading a clip now only takes three seconds - a third the time of the previous version. They have a similar design to the original pair, which means you'll still have the single camera on the right side, and the light indicator to tell everyone around you that you're recording. New dual microphones can grab better sound quality, the company adds. But the real improvements are in the functionality: not only are they waterproof, making them more practical, but they also now take photos as well as video. At $149.99, the new Spectacles are priced $20 higher than the first-gen model, and will offer faster uploads of pictures and videos to a smartphone. Snap claimed the battery can last up to a week with regular usage. It will also come in many different colors and we can expect it to be water resistant. This makes the new wearable flawless for the beach or for swimming pools.

Known for its disappearing messages popular with teens, Snapchat has expanded its mobile application to include video, news and other content from a variety of media partners.

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With expectations that the company will be working on 3-D capable video glasses in the future, this version would be a stepping stone for hardware development to produce consumer-friendly camera glasses for the market.