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Snap is reportedly working on a drone

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The maker of Snapchat and Spectacles is exploring new hardware, report says, though it’s still not clear whether it will hit the market

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Snap, the maker of Snapchat, is developing a drone, according to a report from The New York Times. The drone could be used to take photos and video, though it is not yet clear whether it will be made available to consumers, the Times reports, citing people familiar with the plans.

Snap’s experiment with drones underscores its intent to branch out into new products, following the release of its camera-equipped Spectacles last year. Snap has sought to brand itself as a camera company, and in a video for investors last month, CEO Evan Spiegel spoke about the power of camera technology as a communications tool.

The Times report also comes ahead of Snap’s initial public offering this week. The company is expected to price its stock on Wednesday, before it begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The IPO is expected to value Snap at more than $20 billion.