Date
23 March 2017
Snapchat is changing its name to Snap Inc. as it prepares to launch a line of video-recording sunglasses. Photo: AFP
Snapchat is changing its name to Snap Inc. as it prepares to launch a line of video-recording sunglasses. Photo: AFP

Snapchat to launch camera-equipped sunglasses

Messaging app Snapchat plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses this fall, making its first push into the hardware segment.

The glasses, called Spectacles, will enable users to record video in 10-second increments that can be synced with smartphones.

The product, which will cost around US$130, will be offered on a limited basis initially.

To reflect its expanded business scope, the California-based company is changing its name to Snap Inc.

“Spectacles are sunglasses with an integrated video camera that makes it easy to create Memories,” Agence France-Presse cited the firm as saying in an online post.

The glasses will take video from the perspective of wearers and have a 115-degree field of view. They will connect to Snap software wirelessly using Bluetooth or wi-fi.

The new product is a spin on Glass eyewear abandoned by Google more than a year ago.

In January last year, Google halted sales of its Internet-linked eyewear Glass, which became available in the US in early 2014.

Google Glass had been hit with criticism due to concerns about privacy since the devices were capable of capturing pictures and video.

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