Ever since the Google Glass fiasco a few years back, the idea of augmented reality glasses just won’t go away. AR glasses are likely to become a part of our lives eventually, like it or not, and that day may come sooner than you think thanks to Snap Inc.’s impressive updated Spectacles.
The original Spectacles from Snapchat’s parent company were goofy-looking, camera-equipped glasses made for uploading live videos to their wearer’s Snapchat account. But the new Spectacles have completely rewritten the book on the product and are now a full-on AR experience. The glasses feature two RGB cameras, four microphones, a touchpad, and dual 3D waveguide displays with a 26.3-degree diagonal field of view. These displays dynamically adjust to their environment with a max brightness of 2,000 Nits, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. They’re powered by the Snap Spatial Engine, which leverages six degrees of freedom, hand, marker, and surface tracking with 15-millisecond motion-to-photon latency. This makes for ultra-realistic AR experiences, and since this is a Snapshot product, those experiences can be shared directly from the glasses. Snap isn’t selling the Spectacles, and is instead giving them away to “creators.” You can apply to become one by visiting the Spectacles website.