The latest social media accessory was met with skepticism, at least initially. But the reviews are starting to pour in, and they're good. Snapchat Glasses are the real deal, changing the way users create and engage with Snaps.
Allowing users to record 10-second circular videos, these "sunglasses" offer a 115-degree field of view and a ring of LED recording lights to let people know they're being recorded. This way, people won't get creeped on by Snapchatters.
The glasses are connected to your phone via a Bluetooth connection, although reviewers claim you must keep the pair at close distance. They Spectacles also aren't sufficient for recording yourself. Sorry, we know how much you love selfies, but it is a selfie free zone. Unless you want to carry the glasses and point them at you but that just seems silly.
The videos are played in your camera roll like a circular disc, but are played in full screen mode within the Snapchat app. Similarly to normal Snapchat videos, you can transition the content between vertical and horizontal views.
Some reviewers are comparing the Spectacles to Google Glass, but seem to prefer Snapchat's offering for its simplicity. Raymond Wong at Mashable says, "whereas Google Glass tried to cram a computer and the entire internet literally on your face and in front of your eyes, Spectacles just has a camera for recording moments." This more stripped down design lends itself to a more user-friendly experience and makes the feature accessible to a wider array of users, aka not specifically tech gurus.
How much do these suckers cost? They're currently going for around $130 a pop.
You can grab your pair from the elusive Snapbot machine, found at VERY select locations. It's like a vending machine for Snapchat Spectacles. Cute, right? Many of these are being resold for $2,000+ on eBay.
The true advantage to having a camera on your head is that it allows one to operate hands-free. It's like a GoPro, only for less action-oriented activities because a) they will fall off your head if you're moving too fast, and b) the clips are low-resolution and could appear jerky.
Sources report the company will only sell "a few thousand" glasses in 2016, but are hoping the positive reviews continue pouring in to improve future sales.