Snapchat is no longer called snapchat, although it’s new name, Snap Inc. is so similar that it will probably be continued to be referred to in its original name by the general public. According to Business Insider, the reason the company changed its name is because it branched out of simply a social media app to include a wider spectrum of online services. In addition, Snap Inc. is now selling something quite unique, a new pair of smart glasses to enhance the experience.
The glasses are only coming out in a limited distribution, so it may take a little time before they come to a store near you. But smart glasses are starting to become something more prevalent in today’s world, and perhaps with a little more promise than Apple’s smart watch. What users can do with these new Snap glasses is take photos, or shoot short 15-second videos when something catches their eye, and then send those videos to their phones to post on social media. Basically, Snap’s glasses are in an experimental phase to see whether or not they become a fashion-tech trend, or perhaps even a useful tool for everyday users. They will sell for about $129 and come in three colors.
What are the interesting dynamics that this new snap phenomena could bring? Well, the videos that users record with these glasses have a much broader view in a circular capture area, now accounting for more peripheral vision and a more 3D view, instead of simply a small area that traditional cameras have captured. But it’s interesting to think that a development that was once seen as purely science fiction, or perhaps linked to a James Bond gadget, may be on the verge of becoming mundane. It’s often said that now everyone has to be careful what they do because they don’t know who might be watching, well it just might be that the next average Joe you see walking by with a pair of sunglasses may not only be watching, but even recording through those lenses.