Snapchat announced a new pair of camera-fitted glasses that will be able to film ten-second videos, wirelessly sending footage to the user’s Snapchat Memories folder.
Announced in a video portraying a group of teenagers filming themselves skateboarding, Spectacles by Snapchat will be able to film at the touch of a button before automatically syncing the videos with your Snapchat account. The glasses will charge in their case.
Since the announcement of Snapchat’s new video glasses, numerous users on social media have raised their privacy concerns associated with the product.
Entrepreneur and investor Sean Percival mocked the company for moving from a “private and ephemeral space for teens” to a “full blown surveillance state.”
Snapchat has now gone full circle. From a private and ephemeral space for teens to a full blown surveillance state. 😎
— Sean Percival (@Percival) September 24, 2016
“So Google Glass was creepy but Snapchat Spectacles are hip?” questioned programmer Jesse Vincent.
So Google Glass was creepy but Snapchat Spectacles are hip?
— Jesse Vincent (@obra) September 24, 2016
Other users expressed their discomfort at the potential for users to film them secretly.
— Amanda Cronkhite (@abcronkhite) September 26, 2016
During their Spectacles announcement, Snapchat also announced the change of their parent company branding, which will now be simply known as “Snap.”
Spectacles by Snapchat will be available this autumn in the U.S. for $130. The product will come in three base colors: orange, blue, and black.