Snap’s Spectacles 3 is finally on the market, but you might be disappointed if you want to be a wearable genius from the $380 camera sunglasses, according to foreign media outlet Slashgear. The third-generation Snapchat glasses, released in August, come with two cameras — not the one before it — and the setting gives the wearer an augmented reality (AR) experience.
The new glasses are reported to be much more expensive: $380, more than double the initial price of the series. Since the price is high that naturally means that the equipment has also been not small adjustment. First of all, its appearance has become more conspicuous, as to whether we like to see the wise on the benevolent. It also has a bundled 3D video content.
The biggest change, of course, is that it adds a second camera — one on each side of the lens. Snap uses this data to measure the depth of the scene and then adds AR filters to the wearer’s clip based on the data.
Now that the new glasses have been released on the day of the review, it seems that people don’t agree on it. First, ergonomics is not universally accepted: Engadget stresses that The Spectacles 3 is not waterproof, Inverse is not satisfied with weight, and CNBC points out that the product does not have the polarization of ordinary sunglasses at a similar price.
However, what is most questionable is its functionality. Videos taken with glasses are processed in the Snap app: this means that the wearer can’t preview their own view of the scene or the effect the AR filter might have. In response, The Verge’s website says the filter doesn’t work well, while TechCrunch criticizes the actual use of the filter for depth.
Given the long time it takes to transfer video content from glasses to the app, coupled with slow processing, users will surely hesitate about the product at this time. Snapchat — like other services that offer automatic deletion of instant video — should be based on convenience and immediacy, but Spectacles 3 doesn’t seem to be able to do that.
Snap seems to see the new product as another step toward a true AR spectacle. However, the expected sales of the Spectacles 3 are not high, which may mean that consumers are wise: because this product is definitely this “camera glasses” and not a real AR wearable. Of course, if it is still not dead (cha) heart (cha) then please place the order at will, the company can ship today.