In early 2013, Google introduced the groundbreaking wearable technology called Google Glass. Shortly after its inception, the Explorer edition was sent out to avid testers, Google dropped “Glass,” and that was the last we heard of it, until today. This time around it is Snapchat, or now Snap Inc., with the creation of modern wearable technology. The glasses aren’t as sophisticated as Google Glass, and simply serve the purpose of recording video through the glasses instead of your phone.

Without a specific launch date, Snap Inc. will be pushing out Spectacles in a limited release for $130. Spectacles will come in black, teal, or coral. And as for the size, don’t worry, they will be one size fits all. And the functionality will be similar to Google Glass, you tap the rim and the glasses begin to record for 10 seconds, or you tap the rim three times for a thirty-second video. The video then gets stored onto your device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, where you can edit and post it for later. Included in the $130 price tag, is a rechargeable carrying case, with the initial battery life expectancy to be a full day.

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After Google Glass failed to even break into the market, there are many questions that need to be answered. What makes Snap Inc. think they can introduce a better pair of shades? With that being said, do people even need two cameras? Maybe if you’re at a concert, you’re going to want to use your phone to record the action, but if you’re on a run or driving, these bad boys will do the trick. Also with the iPhone 7’s latest camera update, how do these two devices compare? These glasses have 115 degrees, circular, first person videos, which is pretty unique. Yes, you have to wear these, but what makes them so special and different?

Hopefully, Snap Inc. plans on releasing special filters and other exclusive add-ons to these glasses to really make it stand out. Other questions are still relevant. How do you deal with the privacy aspect, regarding being recorded? When you take a video the camera will light up, which is the signal it’s on. Other than for that, don’t we have the same worries with every other device? Clearly, there is a variety of struggles and challenges along the road, but there are some upsides to these glasses that might make this the winning pair of wearable technology. It’s a lot more simplistic than Glass and serves a more direct purpose then what Glass did. Spectacles let you live life, instead of looking at your phone. Only time will tell if this starts a trend, and maybe Glass will make a comeback for the ages.

By: Alex Siminoff