Snapchat Debuts New Spectacles. We Try Them on for Size

April 30, 2018

You have to give Snap credit for giving hardware another try. Its first attempt, the face-camera called Spectacles, fell short of spectacular. From a cultural perspective, the toy-like sunglasses appeared almost entirely on the faces of influencers, early adopters, and people who just got back from Coachella. From a practical perspective, Snap didn’t manage its inventory very well (hardware is hard). But the company is committed to hardware—in fact, it…


Snapchats Wild New Specs Wont Share Google Glass Fate

August 20, 2017

There are two important new things to know about Snapchat. First, its just Snap now. Thats easy enough. The second may be a little bit harder to process: The ephemeral chat mavens will sell video-grabbing sunglasses, called Spectacles, starting this fall. Spectacles (Specs, for short) were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which detailed quirky features—like shooting circular video rather than rectangles—but spent appreciably less time on Spectacles real…