The famous social media AR app has come up with a really cool version of 3D glasses. The announcement was made during Snapchat’s developer-focused keynote on Thursday. This is the third version of Snapchat Spectacles. The first two generations of spectacles, which were launched in 2016 and 2018 and resembled sunglasses with a single camera in the corner. They allow you to take videos and photos in a special, spherical format, which you can then upload to your phone and share on Snapchat or another social media platform.
Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel, launched the company’s first true augmented reality glasses on Thursday, a technology that he and competitors like Facebook believe would one day be as popular as smartphones. Digital butterflies fluttering over colorful plants and landing in Spiegel’s extended hand were seen in a demo.
Despite the fact that these glasses can project 3D effects into the real world and are wireless with hand tracking, they are currently targeted at developers and designers who want to experiment with AR development on headsets. The new Spectacles feature dual waveguide displays that can overlay AR effects created with Snapchat’s software. The glasses can be used to play AR games and launch AR camera effects called Lenses in-glasses.
The features in the frame include four built-in microphones, two stereo speakers, and a built-in touchpad. Front-facing cameras help the glasses sense objects and surface you’re looking at, allowing graphics to communicate with the environment more naturally.
Talking about other features, the glasses have a 26.3-inch diagonal field of view, 2,000 nits of light, and dual waveguide displays. They look like thick sunglasses and have a touchpad button on the edge. According to Snapchat, they have a “Snap Spatial Engine” with hand-tracking, can track the world with six degrees of freedom, and weigh 134 grams (4.7 ounces). In comparison, the other AR glasses haven’t achieved this unique size yet. The glasses can also record video at 1,920×1,440 pixels and 30 frames per second using two RGB cameras with a 115-degree field of view. According to the company’s keynote, Snap has already been using these with a select group of designers to develop prototypes and Lenses.
According to Snapchat’s specifications, the glasses only last 30 minutes on a charge and have a resolution of 480×564 pixels for each eye. The glasses come with their own charging case (which you’ll probably need).
These Spectacles on the other hand aren’t quite ready for customers. Snap isn’t selling them, unlike previous ones. Instead, it will distribute them to an unspecified number of AR effects developers through an online application program. According to Spiegel, the aim is to get a small percentage of the 200,000 people who already create AR effects on Snapchat to try their hand at building experiences for the new Spectacles. It will take a decade for AR glasses to become popular.
Clay Weishaar, one of seven AR developers who received early prototypes of the glasses from Snapchat, to learn about his experiences with the product so far. “Snap’s made it so you don’t even change your workflow: you just put your glasses on, and you hit one button, and your vision is realized in front of you, which is super cool,” Weishaar says.
The release date and price haven’t been confirmed yet. So let’s wait for these really amazing 3D glasses.