Snapchat has proven itself to be more than a passing fad. That is not to say the craze will not eventually die down and perhaps even vanish, but believe it or not, it has been nearly five years since the vanishing picture and video service emerged on the scene. Now half a decade later, you can hop on Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, and order yourself a pair of Snapchat Spectacles.
Check that—we should say "Spectacles by Snap Inc.," which is the official title for these eyewear. We should also note that Snapchat, as a company, changed its name to Snap back in September of last year (the app is still called Snapchat) when it introduced these Spectacles. Five months after doing so, Snap started selling these special sunglasses that can record video, which at the time were only available on its own website and a few smaller shops for $130 a pop.
Now they are available on Amazon in three color options—black, teal, and coral. They are still priced at $130, with free two-day shipping for Prime members. These are the same first generation glasses that let you record clips in 10-second, 20-second, and 30-second increments. You can record video in HD, and then sync with the Snapchat app on your mobile device through a Wi-Fi connection.
Snap says you can capture up to 100 Snaps on a single charge. When it runs out of juice, you can power the Spectacles back up in its charging case, which itself can hold up to four full charges at a time. The charging case is included with the Spectacles, along with a charging cable, cleaning cloth, quick start guide, and warranty information (Snap backs these glasses with a one-year warranty).
For those who are concerned about privacy, there is a ring of LEDs on the left of the Spectacles that light up when its recording. The camera sensor is on the opposite side. Snaps automatically save to Memories on Snapchat and can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode.
While the price seems a little steep, it is not wholly unreasonable if you think of these Spectacles as an HD camera. It is not quite the same thing, though for someone who uses Snapchat frequently, we can see how these might be appealing and more convenient than whipping out a smartphone.
If you are interested, here are the links to Amazon to buy Snap's Spectacles in black, teal, or coral.