Snapchat Spectacles are Google Glass for the kids

Snap Inc will launch the camera sun glasses later this year for $130
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Snapchat Spectacles - a pair of sunglasses sporting a video camera - will launch later this year costing, $129.99.

That's the word from The Wall Street Journal, who got all the juicy details of the leaked device after interviewing CEO and founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel. Or, rather, the CEO and founder of Snap Inc - which the new company name.

"It's one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it's another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I'd ever come to feeling like I was there again," explained Spiegel, when talking about wearing the clever specs on a recent vacation.

"When I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes - it was unbelievable."

He's obviously never used an Autographer or any other life-logging camera.

When Google put a camera on the front of a pair of glasses it was considered creepy, a security threat and a massive invasion of public privacy. Snap Inc, however, will no doubt get away with it because the yoof will think it's sick.

The Spectacles record 10 seconds of (circular?!?) video from the wearer's perspective using a 115-degree-angle lens and the videos sync with your smartphone so you can easily share them as Snapchat Memories.

It's one size fits all and they will be available in black, teal or coral.

Snapchat Spectacles are Google Glass for the kids

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Paul Lamkin


Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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