The enhanced reality smartglasses future that Snap founder Evan Spiegel has plagued for so long may be closer than many insights.
On Tuesday, just days after the release of Snaps Vice CEO, a source claims that the company will release a new AR-driven version of its Spectacles portable product at the end of the year.
The new version of Spectacles is the code name Newport and will contain two cameras that enable portable to create AR content according to a report from the financial news network Cheddar.
A source in contact with the network claims that the new cameras on Spectacles will allow users to use Snaps AR lenses and create 3D-like photo effects from photographs taken by Spectacles. " The new cameras on Spectacles will allow users to use Snaps AR lenses and create 3D-like photo effects from photographs taken by Spectacles."
Together with the extra camera, the device will allegedly be made of alumi num and costs around $ 350, a steep jump from the current $ 200 price tag on the latest version of Spectacles.
If true, the release would come a few months after the release of Snaps Veronica and Nico versions of Spectacles, two new styles that remove the original frame design and look more like usual fashion-focused shades.
Although Snap has not confirmed the report, it will fall in line with Spiegel's stated vision of aggressively managing AR space
As far as Apple may still be at least a year or two away from releasing their own AR-smart glass, but new start as Nord has already launched low-level / high-quality smart glass stores in major cities.
And while North's Focals device is more of a heads-up display that acts as a notification tool, the fact that we now have at least one modern smart glass brand is likely to put pressure on companies like Snap . Instead of waiting for 2019, Snap may begin to roll out what's ready to offer soon, or risk seeing it as late as others dominate with a new kind of laptop.
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