After three versions of, the social media company has a new pair coming that are real AR glasses. The news was announced at Snapchat’s developer-focused keynote Thursday.
Snapchat has promised it’s working on a full-featured pair of augmented reality glasses for a while. It’s one of many companies including, , and that are trying to crack the idea of everyday smart glasses. Snap’s previous versions of Spectacles were focused on being mainly wearable camera-glasses. Last year’s could layer glasses footage with 3D AR effects, but the AR needed to be seen and shared via a phone app; the glasses didn’t have their own displays.
The glasses promise 2,000 nits of brightness, have a 26.3-inch diagonal field of view and dual waveguide displays. They have a touchpad control on the side, and look like thick sunglasses. They use a “Snap Spatial Engine” and have hand-tracking, can track the world with six degrees of freedom, and weigh 134 grams (4.7 ounces), according to Snapchat.
Another interesting feature: They’re wireless, something other AR glasses this size haven’t achieved yet. But there are tradeoffs, too. The glasses only last for 30 minutes on a charge, according to Snapchat’s specs, and have a limited 480×564-pixel resolution for each eye. The glasses have their own charging case (sounds like you’ll need them).
The glasses can launch AR camera effects called Lenses in-glasses and be used to play AR games. The field of view looks narrower than AR headsets like theand , but also are much smaller. The glasses can also capture video with two RGB cameras with a 115-degree field of view, at 1,920×1,440/30fps.
Snap has already been using these with a limited set of creators to build concepts and Lenses, according to the company’s keynote. Release date and price aren’t known yet.
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