Snap just unveiled new AR Spectacles glasses with built-in screens

Snap just unveiled new AR Spectacles glasses with built-in screens
  • Snap on Thursday unveiled the fourth iteration of its Spectacles.
  • The augmented reality glasses come with a new design, two cameras, and four microphones.
  • A company spokesperson said they are not for sale and are instead for AR creators.

Snapchat's parent company, Snap, on Thursday introduced its next-generation Spectacles product, the company's first pair of glasses that use augmented reality.

That means the wearer would be able to overlay anything they wanted to over the real world.

The Spectacles can be used indoors or outdoors and come with two cameras, four microphones, and a touchpad. They're integrated with Lens Studio software that allows creators to build their own designs to use with Spectacles.

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Here's how they work:

The new Spectacles have a 30-minute battery life and come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform chip, according to a press release.


A company spokesperson told Insider that the Spectacles aren't for sale and are instead designed for augmented reality creators.

The company announced the Spectacles glasses during its Partner Summit event on Thursday. The item features a slightly different design than its predecessors, like the Spectacles 3, which allowed the wearer to record pictures and videos from their point of view.

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Snapchat released its $380 Spectacles 3 in late 2019 that come with two cameras that can "capture the world the way your eyes do," Snapchat product strategy manager Lauryn Morris told Insider in 2019. The Spectacles 2.0 debuted in three colors in 2018, allowing wearers to take photos and videos in high-definition.

Apple and Facebook also have smart glasses in the works.