Snap Specs - Snapchat Spectacles - Are Video Glasses

Take videos with a spectacular interface - it's right on your face. Will this be the successful video glasses platform? (See Google Glass: The Next Big Platform? for another shot at this idea.)


(Snap Specs - Snapchat Spectacles)

Let’s start with what Specs do and how they do it. They’re sunglasses, available in three colors, that come with a small camera built into the upper left and right sides of the frames. Tap a button near the left camera, and Specs records for 10 seconds. Additional taps get you 10 more seconds each, up to 30 seconds at a time. To stop recording sooner, press and hold the same button.

The Snaps will live on your Specs until you transfer them to your smartphone, over Wi-Fi for Android and Bluetooth for iOS by default (you can also fiddle with setting if you prefer Wi-Fi transfer for your iPhone). The Specs Snaps, bless their alliterative hearts, will be saved in the Memories section of your Snapchat app.

SF readers may recall the True-Vu Lenses in his 1990 novel Earth. In the time of the story, street crime was virtually wiped out by the simple expedient of making cheap surveillance available to everyone.

"Watching, all the time watching... goggle-eye geeks...

What brought on Crat's sudden outburst was the sight of yet another babushka, glaring at them from a bench under one of the force-grown shade trees... The very moment they came into view, the old woman laid her wire-knitting aside and fixed them with the bug-eyed, opaque gape of her True-Vu lenses...

The stare got worse as they approached. Remi couldn't see the babushka's eyes, of course. Her True-Vu's burnished lenses didn't really have to be aimed directly at them to get a good record.

Via Wired.

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