Snap, Inc. Eyes Augmented Future for Spectacles

Snapchat’s first foray into wearable devices last year saw people queuing up for blocks to snag a pair of Spectacles smart glasses.

Now, the rebranded company (known as Snap, Inc.) is taking its hardware to the next level.

A recently published patent, spotted by Mashable, tips an augmented future for Spectacles, which currently allow the wearer to capture first-person-perspective photos and video without holding up a phone.

Little information can be culled from the document. But TechCrunch suggested the firm will use a “dual-glass arrangement” to determine the user’s location and beam digital content (like a massive T-rex) into their field of vision.


Snap did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The patent, however, also hints at additional AR products—helmets, visors, in-vehicle HUD displays, even a glasses “attachment.”

According to TechCrunch, Snap’s second-generation model is expected to be “quite different,” though any actual details about the very secretive project are under lock and key.

Snap, Inc. has already tested the augmented-reality waters, last fall rolling out World Lenses, which let you alter nearby scenery. Point your phone at the sky, for instance, to give the clouds eyes and a mouth that pukes rainbows. In April, the company rolled out new 3D World Lenses experiences.

Spectacles, meanwhile, launched in November, initially available only from bright yellow vending machines dubbed “Snapbots.” As of February, the $130 sunnies are also sold online—in black, coral, and teal. Sync the shades with your mobile device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for easy social sharing.

For more, see Geek sister-site PCMag’s full review of Snapchat Spectacles.

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Smart glasses have yet to really take off. Google went back to the drawing board with Glass, hoping to target its second-gen wearable at the enterprise market. Spectacles, at least, look more like traditional frames, save for the circular camera modules.

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