Snapchat is releasing a new set of Spectacles—the Series 3 glasses. This new series is revolutionary in that it is the first time that the recording device makes use of two camera, making it possible to record in 3D.
Spectacles Series 3 glasses feature two HD cameras sitting on either side of the front of your glasses. The arrangement gives true depth to first person POV filming. Along with the cameras, the glasses have four microphones that pick up audio. They also have 4GB of onboard memory to store whatever you’re capturing—that’s enough memory for around 100 videos or 1,200 photos to be stored before you need to connect to your phone. Once you’ve captured the images you want, you can upload the video directly to Snapchat on your phone with the app. From there you can apply a variety of 3D effects. You can also use the spectacles to create 3D photos or GIFs. And it doesn’t have to happen on Snapchat. You can export the footage and then upload it to other social media services.
Snapchat is only just getting started with the glasses. They have plans to expand on the offering with different effects and tools. “Similar to the lens carousel that you currently see within Snapchat where you can scroll through different lenses,” stated a spokesperson from Snapchat, “we’ll be rolling out new creative on a regular cadence that will interact with spectacles content with that depth. We’ll also have a suite of content tools that we’ll be regularly updating enabling and empowering people to create their own.”
The glasses themselves aren’t a head’s up display, so you won’t be able to review what you’re filming until you’ve downloaded. But that doesn’t mean that the glasses are useless when you’re not capturing either video or photos. The glasses are stylish and feature tinted lenses that are ANSI Z80.3 rating. The glasses batteries have a 70 hours of video, but the charging case can recharge them up to four times.
With Spectacles Series 3 you can capture 3D video and images exactly how your eyes do—with true depth perception.