Snap has new AR glasses, and this time it’s capable of displaying augmented reality content directly in front of its users. Still using the name Spectacles, this fourth-generation product also carries a very different design.
His form is not as chic as previous generations. At first glance, it even looks like old-fashioned 3D glasses. But this won’t be a problem, as Snap has no intention of selling it to the public. Instead, these fourth-generation Spectacles will be distributed to several AR creators, hoping they can be more inspired to create even more interesting AR effects.
Technically, the new Spectacles packs a pair of 3D waveguide displays that allow users to see and interact with AR elements. The virtual object is presented with a field of view of 26.3 degrees, and the brightness level can reach 2,000 nits so that creators can still use it in broad daylight.
A pair of cameras are in charge of detecting nearby objects and surfaces, ensuring that the AR elements can appear more natural. Complementing the specifications are a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 chipset, four microphones, two stereo speakers, a pair of touchpads on the left-right, and a battery that lasts up to about 30 minutes of use per charge. In total, the weight stands at 134 grams.
On the same occasion, Snap also announced a new iOS app called Story Studio. The app is specifically designed for editing vertical videos, with a complete editing tool and access to data on what’s trending on Snapchat. Snap developed this app for people who regularly create Spotlight content (Snapchat’s TikTok).
Story Studio is reportedly set to launch this year as well. So far, there is no information at all whether the application will also be available on Android.