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A pair of glasses with an integrated camera isn’t really anything new. It’s a common novelty spy gadget, after all, and was a big part of the original Google Glass design. Problem is, people hate being photographed and filmed without their knowledge, making a glasses-mounted camera that may or may not be recording something many folks aren’t comfortable with. Snapchat thinks they can change that with Spectacles.

Similar to Google Glass, these tech-packing sunglasses don’t make their filming capabilities discreet, as you can clearly see the sensor on a designated section along the top edge of the frame.  Unlike Glass, though, it’s impossible to film discreetly with the glasses on, as a circular LED array on the opposite corner lights up to alert everyone that the camera is running, which should help eliminate most privacy concerns.

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The Snapchat Spectacles look like an erstwhile normal pair of sunglasses, albeit with circular areas on the top corners where the electronics are installed. It comes with a 115-degree lens, allowing you a wider field of view than conventional smartphones, with all footage saved onto integrated storage right on the glasses. Oh yeah, you can’t use this to record an hour-long video. Instead, tapping on the button near the hinge prompts it to record for 10 seconds, with another tap extending it to 20 seconds and a third tap stretching it to the maximum 30 seconds.

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From there, you just transfer the videos to the accompanying app over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, with all footage saved to your Snapchat Memories. Battery should last around a day of taking random snaps, with users able to check on battery level by tapping the circular light out front.

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Slated to come in black, teal, and coral, the Snapchat Spectacles are priced at $130.

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Article source: http://www.coolthings.com/snapchat-spectacles-sunglasses-camera/

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