When a new gadget appears on the market and looks like it has come from a James Bond movie the chances are that it was probably first seen in a James Bond or another spy movie. Sunglasses are the most common spying device for a variety of obvious reasons. Special circular Polarizing Sunglasses may not be a big deal today but in “A View to a Kill” (1985) they were a novelty that helped Bond see through tinted windows. To me, any new gadget I purchase has to be useful in some way. Usefulness can’t get any better for this next kind of glasses.
About a year ago, a Thai medical college caught students cheating during exams. They used glasses with wireless cameras embedded in their frames that were linked to their smartwatches. The glasses were simply placed on their desk in a way that images were transmitted to an undisclosed social media group that sent the answers back to the smartwatches. Although this was a brilliant cheating strategy these students had no need to pull “Mission Impossible” tricks to pass an important exam. They should have realized by then that people’s lives would be soon depending on their knowledge and preparation. They were going to become the next generation of doctors. Kudos to technology!
“Wearing a camera on your face” is a concept that has been around for a while and is still going strong. In September 2016, SnapChat was getting ready to launch the SnapChat Spectacles. They are sunglasses with the smallest wireless integrated camera “in the world” that allows you to connect directly to Snapchat app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer “what you see” directly into the app in a circular video format. The circular video plays full screen on any device and in any orientation.
They use a 115-degree-angle lens to imitate how the human eyes see through a circular field of view and record 10-second video clips. If you don’t have immediate access to a phone they will store up to 200 snaps. They have an interesting (again) “Mission Impossible” feature that allows pictures and videos to self destruct after a few seconds the receiving person views them. They also get charged while they are kept in their case.
The spectacles are definitely an innovative product if they currently sell on Ebay for $1,000 and stirred people’s curiosity in such a way that they waited in line up to 18 hours to get a pair. Their construction resembles beach sunglasses. However, they are not waterproof. The most interesting feature is the direct connection to the SnapChat app that creates convenience in sharing moments for people that are always on the go.
It takes very little time to create and send pictures or videos in comparison with other glasses that are currently on the market that need to transfer videos to a PC or Mac first. I am sure that their unique looks will make it difficult for students to cheat at an exam. I don’t really see a practical use in them other than taking and sending pictures and videos in a more fun and futuristic way. I could see younger people getting more excited about this concept. Some people perceive them as a very expensive “toy”. We will see if people at Snap are willing to take this idea further to improve the existing features and possibly add new ones.
You can hear more about SnapChat Spectacles in these videos:
Introducing Spectacles (https://youtu.be/XqkOFLBSJR8)
SnapChat Spectacles Review (https://youtu.be/uJOUuFrLWG8)
Resources: https://www.snap.com/en-US/news/, http://www.businessinsider.com, http://gizmodo.com/5966242/10-james-bond-gadgets-that-actually-existand-one-that-needs-to, and http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/like-mission-impossible-thai-students-caught-cheating-with-spy-glasses/story-uBISRZ1E5oEFDDpifqDsJO.html
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