SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES WITH AR DISPLAY (4TH GENERATION) IN A GLANCE:
- Snapdragon XR1 Processor
- 2 x RGB Cameras onboard
- Internal Speakers attached
- Lightweight, weighing only 134 grams
- Microphone present
- Battery life of 30 minutes
These new spectacles possess dual waveguide displays. These are, in turn, capable of superimposing AR effects created with Snapchat’s software tools. The frame has four built-in microphones, two stereo speakers, and a built-in touchpad. The camera facing the front can automatically detect objects and surfaces. This makes it more interactive with its surroundings. The touchpad is the interface in the display that Snap calls the Lens Carousel. It allows the user to switch AR effects they are seeing.
However, these spectacles have a limited supply. They will not be available to the masses as mentioned earlier. Snap is not giving them out for sale. Instead, they are available only to AR effects creators through an online program app.
Also, since the battery lasts only for half an hour, not many people would like to give up their activity in only a brief span of time. The battery case can support four charges, and also nobody wears sunglasses the whole day long. But there can be other AR supporting glasses in the markets that might exceed these ones in that case.
Also, another drawback of these Snap Spectacles is their limited field-of-view. Snap itself has indicated this in their recent reveal. Developing meaningful applications in this tight space will be a serious challenge for the developers.