Snapchat unveils AR glasses

Snapchat has revealed the launch of its new augmented reality (AR) display glasses.

But the glasses aren’t for sale, instead they are designed for a “select group of global AR creators.”

Snapchat is best known for its AR ‘lenses’ on phones, which overlay art on selfies or change live images.

The new version of its ‘Spectacles’ includes dual 3D waveguide displays and a 26.3 degree diagonal field of view overlay immersive AR lenses.

The new Snap Spatial Engine uses six degrees of freedom and hand, marker, and surface tracking to realistically ground lenses in the physical world.

The technology’s 15 millisecond motion to photon latency allows lenses to react quickly and appear accurately within the field of view.

A dynamically-adjusting display shines up to 2000 Nits of brightness for full image quality while exploring AR indoors or outside.

Two RGB cameras, four built in microphones, two stereo speakers, and built-in touchpad controls offer a multi-sensorial experience that orients technology around humanity.

At 134 grams, Spectacles let creators bring Snap’s world of AR anywhere for approximately 30 minutes per charge.

The glasses are integrated with Lens Studio, Snapchat’s desktop application designed for augmented reality creators and developers to build and distribute lenses across the company’s AR platform.

Through Lens Studio, creators can wirelessly push their lenses to Spectacles directly for rapid testing and iteration, allowing creators to build and interact with their lenses in real time.

The temple’s touchpad provides interaction within the Spectacles display and launches the Lens Carousel, allowing creators to experience a variety of lenses, including ones they have built themselves.

The right button activates ‘Scan’, which understands what is seen in the glasses' field of view and suggests the most relevant lens experiences. .

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