Snap Announces Spectacles 3: $380 With New Design And 3D Capture

The new Spectacles from Snap feature an all-new design and a second HD camera for stereoscopic capture.

First look at the third-generation of Snap's Spectacles

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Depth perception mean these new Spectacles are even closer to full Augmented Reality.

In an official blog post today, Snap unveiled the third-generation of its Augmented Reality sunglasses line: Spectacles 3. The glasses are available for pre-order for $380, and will ship in November.

Many will first notice the redesigned frame of these Spectacles compared to past versions, carrying the minimalist trend of Spectacles 2 in moving toward a lightweight steel frame as opposed to plastic, in "carbon" and "mineral" colors.

But the most notable update the Spectacles 3 feature is "under the hood" in the form of a second HD camera, which allows the camera to record in "3D." More specifically, it means that the glasses can recreate stereoscopic depth the way that human eyes do. Per The Verge, videos will be stored at a resolution of 1,216 x 1,216 pixels, and photos at 1,642 x 1,642.

Like photo and video snagged via smartphone on Snapchat, these moments will be augmentable via a new suite of "3D Effects," which will allow users to "add new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects to an entire scene with a swipe."

Unfortunately, as with the past two generations of Spectacles, users will not be able to access apply effects in real time, instead needing to transfer files from the Spectacles to their phones. This is done through "Transfer Experience," a WiFi-only experience that allows HD video to be transferred without cables.

"Home Wi-Fi," which was developed for the second generation and carried into the third, allows Spectacles to automatically connect to existing home, office, and school networks to upload content directly to Snapchat's Memories servers, which will download to users' phones the next time they open the Snapchat app.

A yet-to-be-seen "3D Viewer," which will purportedly resemble Google Cardboard, will allow users to fully immerse themselves in these 3D moments.

The shift in approach indicates that Snap is attempting to reposition the sunglasses line.

The higher price point and accompanying features—along with the recently announced a $1B raise in short-term debt to further invest in the AR ecosystem—indicate a deepening commitment to solidifying Snap's position as a major player in AR hardware. Rather than a playful extension of its app, these glasses appear to be seen as a possible foundation from which an AR ecosystem can emerge—but only time will tell whether users are ready to get the message.

Correction: this article has been edited to reflect that transfer experience is via WiFi rather than cable.

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Depth perception mean these new Spectacles are even closer to full Augmented Reality.

In an official blog post today, Snap unveiled the third-generation of its Augmented Reality sunglasses line: Spectacles 3. The glasses are available for pre-order for $380, and will ship in November.

Many will first notice the redesigned frame of these Spectacles compared to past versions, carrying the minimalist trend of Spectacles 2 in moving toward a lightweight steel frame as opposed to plastic, in "carbon" and "mineral" colors.

But the most notable update the Spectacles 3 feature is "under the hood" in the form of a second HD camera, which allows the camera to record in "3D." More specifically, it means that the glasses can recreate stereoscopic depth the way that human eyes do. Per The Verge, videos will be stored at a resolution of 1,216 x 1,216 pixels, and photos at 1,642 x 1,642.

Like photo and video snagged via smartphone on Snapchat, these moments will be augmentable via a new suite of "3D Effects," which will allow users to "add new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects to an entire scene with a swipe."

Unfortunately, as with the past two generations of Spectacles, users will not be able to access apply effects in real time, instead needing to transfer files from the Spectacles to their phones. This is done through "Transfer Experience," a WiFi-only experience that allows HD video to be transferred without cables.

"Home Wi-Fi," which was developed for the second generation and carried into the third, allows Spectacles to automatically connect to existing home, office, and school networks to upload content directly to Snapchat's Memories servers, which will download to users' phones the next time they open the Snapchat app.

A yet-to-be-seen "3D Viewer," which will purportedly resemble Google Cardboard, will allow users to fully immerse themselves in these 3D moments.

The shift in approach indicates that Snap is attempting to reposition the sunglasses line.

The higher price point and accompanying features—along with the recently announced a $1B raise in short-term debt to further invest in the AR ecosystem—indicate a deepening commitment to solidifying Snap's position as a major player in AR hardware. Rather than a playful extension of its app, these glasses appear to be seen as a possible foundation from which an AR ecosystem can emerge—but only time will tell whether users are ready to get the message.

Correction: this article has been edited to reflect that transfer experience is via WiFi rather than cable.

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