Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are up for grabs

You can see clearly now with Snap's smart specs
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Good new glass wearers and prospective Snapchat Spectacles owners, you can now kit out the smart specs with prescription lenses so you'll be able to see exactly what you're shooting.

It's thanks to New York based company Rochester Optical who is now offering to modify the connected eyewear. Offering standard plastic, high-index, polarised and photochromic lens types, prices for the custom lenses range from $99 up to $199. That means the buying the lenses could end up costing more than you paid for the Spectacles, which cost $130.

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The company is no stranger to working with smartglasses and connected eyewear having provided its lenses for Google Glass, as well as making frames for Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset.

While it might be relatively straightforward to get a pair of Spectacles-friendly lenses, you still can't walk into a shop and buy a pair of the smart specs. You'll still have to hunt down one of Snapchat's snapbot vending machines, which have so far popped up in New York, LA and even the Grand Canyon.

If you need a reminder, the sunglasses pack in a video camera to record 10 seconds of video using a 115-degree-angle lens. You can then sync footage with your smartphone to easily share them as Snapchat Memories.

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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