Snap’s Spectacles are now available directly from Amazon

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After introducing them to the world with buzzy, pop-up vending machine drops and then eventually expanding to direct web orders, Snap has begun selling its Spectacles camera glasses through Amazon. All three colors — black, coral, and teal — are available for the usual $129.99 price and are eligible for next-day delivery. The Spectacles are sold directly by Snap and fulfilled by Amazon.

Spectacles were Snap’s first hardware product and had their big moment last fall, when Snapchat rebranded itself as “a camera company” and began distributing the glasses, capable of recording short 10- to 30-second video clips, at randomly chosen locations. The vending machines attracted long lines, and Snap even opened a retail location in New York City during the holiday shopping season.

Spectacles record a unique, eye-level perspective and produce video that can be viewed on a smartphone in both portrait and landscape orientations. Our main quibble with the experience has been Snapchat’s software, but otherwise Spectacles are a fun product that execute on their promise — even if it seems their time in the spotlight came and went fairly quickly.

Sales are thought to be very modest; Recode projected that Snap sold only about 60,000 pairs of Spectacles last quarter. The company has consistently referred to them as an experiment and admitted that Spectacles “have not generated significant revenue.” The $129.99 price has not been lowered since the product launched.

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I got a pair that arrived yesterday. While the idea is still somewhat jarring to me (noticeable cameras on my face) and the style doesn’t quite look good on me (subjective opinion), I’m surprised how much I like them.

They offer a great means to capture moments I’d love to look back on in future years.

But not in glorious 8K with stereo or even Dolby surround sound, which is where we’ll be in 2020.

I love mine but for those that want to try beware, they fit a below average size head. I have a bigger than normal dome at a 8 hat size. My wife, who wears kids ball caps felt a pinch on the side of her head wearing these. I eventually sold mine. I miss them as I got great video of my little girl all the time but after only 20 mins the pinch to the side of my head was headache inducing and had be rushing for the advil.

Ah. I too have a massive cranium. It’s a hard life. Thanks for the tip.

As long as there is a massive brain inside (all signs point to yes) to prevent constant annoying rattling, its all good.

I’d get some just for the fun but at this price it’s way more that I would allow myself to spend on a toy, especially given its limitations, it’s not just a camera that records to a memory card – you have to use Snapchat and their awful UI and ads, and when the company goes under you’ll no longer be able to use the product as it depends on their app. Not to mention the stupid round "aspect ratio" even though the image sensor is most likely a square or 16:9 one.

I wish I could get them in prescription lenses. That’d be cool.

When is the Facebook / Instagram version? Surprised they haven’t copied this yet.

Seriously. These guys make Samsung look like Elon Musk.

I remember wanting these when they first came out and not being able to buy them. My excitement has sort of faded since though.

Guys, why buy this crap for any reason other than to use with Snapchat?
There are other products on the market that can’t be worse like this one at Best Buy.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/govision-pro-3-recording-sunglasses-black/5579000.p?skuId=5579000
Just do a google search on cameras that attach to glasses. They can’t be any worse and they’ll likely not depend on software and lock-in as bad as Snapchat’s.
I’ve done 0 research on these so I don’t know what’s good, bad, better, or worse. All I know is based on the criticism about these, it seems you can do better with other products.
That’s my PSA for today.

PS. This looks interesting. I’ll reserve judgment until it’s actually available. https://pogotec.com/

Does this let one bypass the crappy way the Android app takes pictures?

I don’t wanna look like an asshole wearing these ridiculous things

They are not my style, but frankly, I’ve seen much worse shades out in the open, which probably cost a lot more, too.

Can anyone share why these are socially acceptable, but Google Glass wasn’t? Aside from price.

Aside from the main reason?

Many critics of Google Glass were especially pissed off because they were so expensive. I don’t don’t like the idea of people recording me without my knowledge – and I especially don’t like rich assholes doing it with hardware I can’t yet afford.

Hm, seems price was a big’n.

Because these are clearly a camera and people know you’re recording. But really, you’re not going to be wearing these everywhere. You’ll throw them on to record something and then put them away. It’s just not the same thing at all.

Because these are clearly a camera and people know you’re recording.

That’s exactly what Google Glass was, but with a fancy HUD.

Spectacles only got accepted amongst the normals because it had the word "Snapchat" in the marketing.

Because they somewhat resemble glasses and not a dorky tiara around your forehead.

People still uses Snapchat?

I ask the same thing about Facebook. Apparently people still use that.

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