Snapchat Spectacles mix tech with fashion

Amanda Jimenez

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Snap Inc. more commonly known as Snapchat released its new product, the Snapchat Spectacles.

The new sunglasses were released on Nov. 10 and have the capability to record a 10-second video when pushing the only button on the device. The Spectacles are being sold from a spectacle dispenser in Venice Beach for $129.

However, they sold out quickly and the only way to get your hands on them is online from resellers such as Ebay. The only downside to purchasing the Spectacles from a reseller is that the starting price is substantially greater than the original retail price.

“It’s smart for people to resell them,” senior Arianna Aguayo said. “There’s always people who’ll buy them just to have them.”

The Snap Spectacles have a camera and a button to start it, unlike the Google Glasses. Once the Spectacles start recording, a spinning light indicates to the surrounding people that they are on camera. The video is then wirelessly uploaded to the user’s snapchat.

The Spectacles’ advertisements were geared towards teens who feel the need to share every aspect of their life. But the majority of teens aren’t aware of the innovative product.    

“They’re pretty pointless,” sophomore Daniel Santiago said. “They have nothing to them making them, waste of money.”

The complication with Snapchat releasing the Spectacles is that they have not released an official Snapchat app compatible for Microsoft phones.  After telling Microsoft phone users that their next project would be to create a functional app to use on Microsoft phones, they began to produce the Spectacles.

The release of the glasses likely occurred from Snapchat attempting to keep its users from their rising competition.

Other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have begun creating similar features to that of Snapchat’s. Nonetheless, it is a new way to keep the consumer in control of different ways to produce short videos to share with their friends.

“They aren’t Google or Microsoft,” sophomore Taylor Devlugt said. “They should really calm down because it’s too much.”