Eye spy with my little eye!
To be able to tell you about developing technology, I often feel that I need to try it out. Snapchat spectacles have recently appeared on sale in the UK, and I decided that it was a product that I was keen to try.
Snapchat is a messaging app that is very popular, partly due to messages disappearing after they have been read. The app allows you to message others in a very creative way, with pictures, videos, emojis and it offers a direct way to speak to a contact too. Snapchat for business is becoming more popular as the company introduced a geofencing facility. This means that if you are holding an event you can allow other users of the app to communicate with you within a certain physical area. An example of this might be a conference or an exhibition.
So not being a regular Snapchat user, thought what better way to learn, than complete immersion! Here I am wearing my new Snapchat spectacles:
I read they were available to buy in the UK very recently and that there was going to be a vending machine where you can purchase them from under the London Eye. I had been staying in London this week and asked the taxi driver to drop me there so I could go and find it. It was not difficult to spot as it is bright yellow!
To purchase my spectacles, first I needed to select which colour of sunglasses I would like. There are 3 to choose from and the screen on the machine helpfully puts an image of you wearing them on the screen so that you can decide. Whilst I was keen on the orange, I decided on the black pair.
The cost of them is £129.99 so after the vending machine accepted a debit card my new spectacles were dispensed. I was given a receipt which was printed on brightly coloured paper.
So having got my glasses, home what do I think of them?
They are extremely comfortable to wear and do not look unlike other pairs of sunglasses that I own. The spectacles come in a bright yellow case, which is used for charging the glasses as well as protection.
There is a small button on the top of the glasses which allow me to record bursts, of 10 seconds of video. The glasses synchronise with my i-phone using the Snapchat app, and offers me a choice to import the footage in High Definition quality if required. This is done by using a wifi connection with a separate network name.
A small wheel of light appears when I press the button on the front side of the spectacles, which indicate that I am recording!
Technologically they are exciting, fun and I will use them carefully and appropriately. I am not convinced, however, that everyone will.