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Snapchat unveils new VR spectacles

Tom Shearsmith
21 May 2021

Snapchat has today unveiled its next generation of eyewear, the company's first pair of display glasses designed for creators to overlay their filters directly onto how they see the world.

Spectacles are the next step in Snapchat’s journey to reinvent the camera - with its' innovations across camera hardware and software technology having evolved to help Snapchatters express themselves, communicate with friends, and learn about the world.

Not for public sale, the glasses enable augmented reality creators to discover new ways to fuse creativity and utility through immersive experiences built in Lens Studio, Snapchat’s powerful desktop application designed for augmented reality creators and developers to build and distribute Lenses across an AR platform.

Designed from a human-centric approach, new Spectacles feature dual 3D waveguide displays and a 26.3 degree diagonal field of view overlay immersive AR Lenses on the world. The new Spatial Engine leverages six degrees of freedom and hand, marker, and surface tracking to realistically ground Lenses in the physical world.

The glasses also feature Voice Scan technology, allowing creators to say a command to launch completely hands-free.

The company added that it will introduce a camera feature called Screenshop to its Snapchat service, which will let users take a photo of an outfit and receive clothes recommendations from brands to recreate a similar look.

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