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Snapchat launches its video recording glasses in Europe

Building on its stories format and augmented reality lenses, the camera app Snapchat launched its video-recording spectacles last year in the U.S. Now, they’ve decided that it’s time to bring the sunglasses to other countries across Europe and through Snapbots (the bright yellow vending machines as seen below) you can now purchase them in Berlin, London, Paris, Barcelona and Venice.

The first Snapbot in London has appeared at the London Eye and dispenses the spectacles for £129.99. You can also buy them online for the same price. Snapchat have said that the Snapbot will move around, staying in the same place for one day while the next location will be teased online.

The spectacles, originally launched in September 2016, include a built-in video camera that records footage in a circular format. CEO Evan Spiegel said that the glasses were intended to be a “toy” and the company’s quarterly earnings showed that roughly 90,000 pairs had been sold.

You can buy your own set of specs in blue, red, or black and with a single press of the button in the top left hand corner you can easily record a video of ten seconds long. A second tap will allow a 30 second video to be stored. The glasses have a 115-degree field of view. Once recorded, the video can be transferred to the Snapchat app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on an iPhone or just Wi-Fi for Android devices. In the Snapchat app, your video will be stored in the ‘Memories’ section until you delete it and these videos can also be edited to remove any potentially wobbly footage.


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