Glasses 3 review: new design and a much higher price – The threshold

Glasses 3 review: new design and a much higher price – The threshold

It arrived was three years ago this week, the glasses, about colorful Snapbot machines, tied up Snapchat fans. But early enthusiasm and the overwhelmingly positive reviews led Snap too many of the first generation of video-recording sunglasses than you actually sell, and the company was forced to write to almost $ 40 million in costs.

in the second generation came in last spring with a refreshed, waterproof design and the ability to snap still photos for the first time. But glasses 2 device is not entered, the cause of half of the excitement, which had their predecessors, the company’s vice president of hardware left, and Snap-ambitions in the background.

arrived Now glasses 3, exclusively through Snap-the online eyewear Shop. You come up with a new, striking design, and a much higher price — $380, up from $150 to $200 for the previous edition. (Glasses 2 remains in the sale.) Snap says the changes reflect the target group for the new pair of glasses: fans of high fashion and artists, the desire to open up new creative tools. It is also a way for a further large depreciation: the measurement of demand to sell in a targeted manner with a single online store, each unit at a price that the company to recoup a larger share of their investment.

And the glasses 3 are a milestone for the company in other ways, also CEO Evan Spiegel told me in a recent interview. Thanks to a second camera, with the help of the device to perceive depth for the first time, Snap can now record the Integration of the software in the real world with the help of special filters, the map of the world, in a video.

“What is really exciting about this version is that to understand, because V3 has deep, let’s start, the world around you,” says the mirror. “So those, the augmented reality effects are not only a 2D plane. In fact, computing around integrated into the world around you. And this is for me the real turning point.”

the mirror to play a long game. He often says that the AR-glasses is hardly a mainstream phenomenon for another 10 years — there are simply too many hardware limitations today. The available processors are basically just the recycling of mobile phones; makes shows hungry; batteries drain too fast.

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But he can see a day in which these problems are solved, and glasses is a primary way of interacting with the world. The mirror says that the glasses is a pillar of the company in the next ten years, along with Snapchat and lens Studio, the company is the tool for the development of AR-effects.

“I think this is the first time that we have all the pieces of our business together, and really the force for the creation of this AR experience, in a lens-Studio and deploy through the glasses,” said the mirror. “And this is for me the bridge to the computer science superimposed on the world.”

last week I spent some time with the glasses 3, to see how the bridge comes.

As with many products, the first impression counts for a a lot, and I expect the new game design is polarizing. I strongly suspect that I am not the target audience for glasses 3, but in any case, I’ve never had that feeling myself, if I were you. Part of it was that big of a steel bar is running through my nose, I felt, gave me a vaguely bug-like affect. And part of it was that the thin steel frame, the pits consistently skin in my ears and head. The black-and mineral-colours are simple, but for the most part I have the toy-like, but comfortable, plastic of the first two generations.

Further, I have the cameras on the heart and kidneys. The image quality is sharp, at least if you are shooting on a mobile phone: the photos are saved in a resolution of 1,642 x 1,642 pixels, and record videos at 60 frames-per-second captured and saved at a resolution of 1,216 1,216 x. There are four microphones built in the glasses 3, and audio fidelity to the videos I’ve recorded sound good.

The company says that they can capture, 70 videos or 200 pictures on a single charge, which should be enough to get you through most of the day-long outdoor activities. To charge the glasses 3, save them in an attractive fold-out leather wallet. (The elegant wallet may actually be my favorite part of the entire product.) A full charge takes 75 minutes, and the case itself charges via USB-C.

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glasses reverses the normal user interface for the recording of images: tap on one of the two camera buttons to record a 10-second video, or press and hold to shoot a 3D photo. As with previous generations, you can tap the button again to add 10 seconds to your video, up to a total of 60 seconds.

The marquee feature on the glasses 3 a new kind of Snapchat filter, which has the advantages of the glasses, ” depth perception, a new category to create 3D effects. There are 10 of these depth-of-field effects, to Start adding disco lights, the curve, as you to your body; large, red hearts that pop, as you move through them, and so on.

Unfortunately, though, you can’t see these side effects while you are video recording. The actual process is as follows:


  • video recording.
  • Open Snapchat.
  • “Import” snap your glasses in Snapchat, where it is stored in the memories.
  • Select the snap out of the memories.
  • tap “edit” snap.”
  • Wait until the snap is sent to the cloud for the image processing, and then re-downloaded to your phone.
  • Start swiping to apply a 3D Filter to your snap.

In practice, this can only last for about a minute. But I found that the image processing could take much longer if I was away from Wi-Fi, as I suspect, many of the glasses could be 3 users, if the game with your new glasses. Delays such as these may be the rates of the type of artistic experimentation, the Snap in the center of its marketing campaign for glasses 3.

in addition, I found the first series of depth-sensing Filter is usually not exactly exhilarating. The applied colors and effects to my videos in a way that made the video look grainy and ugly. Others are not very different from regular old Filter — it turns out that confetti with depth perception looks a lot like confetti without depth perception.

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I also found some annoying bugs. Sometimes, after sending the alignment to the cloud and back for the image processing, two works by the supplied Filter. I wiped and on the filter, and it is not for any effect on my locks at all.

not A last frustration with the glasses ” integration with Snapchat: snaps, with a pair of glasses still transfer them automatically to your Snapchat account. Instead, you connect your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer them manually. In my experience, this has made me reach for glasses less and less over time. (If you are at home, on Wi-Fi, and do you have your glasses charge glasses can be set up to export snaps on Snapchat automatically, but there is no way to do it, while you wear it or use it.)

The glasses 3-pack also comes with the 3D Viewer, a box-tool for viewing the 3D photos, the you with the glasses. (It is the same basic product, such as Google cardboard, Google is simply not for lack of interest.) You install the Viewer, slip your cell phone in it and Snapchat in a special display mode, designed for photos. I liked browsing the 3D photos in the Viewer — you can tap on a conductive cardboard key to you, and the photos are free to rotate, as you move the head. To me, the viewer felt more like a novelty than a core piece of the eyewear product, but I can see how artists could be better used for 3D images.

Taken together, the advances in glasses-3 represent a meaningful improvement over what was previously there came, without any right, a complete case for himself as a key creative tool. There are a good amount of novelty in the product, but I am afraid that, like the previous two generations, the novelty will quickly fade.

And since, as the latest generation of glasses is more than twice as expensive as the previous one. Snap is the best hope here is that his community of AR developers have become quite adept at building compelling filters and lenses to make better use of the glasses’ new, second camera, as the first batch of the filters do.

And the mirror is dreaming much bigger than that. I asked if it might one day be possible for messages to send, the from spectacle to spectacle, so that the product feel as immediate as Snapchat itself. He told me it was already in the testing phase.

“This is something that we actively experiment and play with,” says the mirror. “And I think it’s really funny — almost in real — time see the world through someone else’s perspective, in 3D.”

of course, Snap is far from alone in working on AR glasses. Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are among the companies with the versions in the works. Of which, though, Snap is the only company currently selling to consumers. is (Microsoft HoloLens, at $3,500, and is not really in the same conversation.)

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this means That your error to get more attention. I asked the mirror, what is Snap received in exchange for all of the pressure of the building in the public. He said that there is always a direct feedback of customers helped Snap Iteration faster on his designs.

“compare the version of the glasses on version three, it is night and day in terms of the quality of the product,” says the mirror. “And so, to see that evolution in such a short time tells me that, if we just keep at this, in 10 years, I think, we are to be able to deliver ultra-precise, very high quality of the products. And that is something we are just gonna learn to have, and it is expensive, and it takes time. But I think in the long run, it will pay off.”

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Released on Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000

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