Snap's Second-Gen Spectacles Bring Welcome Improvements Over Troubled Predecessor
The first generation of Spectacles were a commercial failure. The company purportedly only sold roughly 150,000 units and lost $40 million USD as a result. Snap has since recorded customer and employee complaints about the Spectacles in order to avoid another substantial loss. The latest generation of Spectacles incorporate many of the suggested changes.
First, both the current Spectacles and their charging case are smaller and lighter than their first generation counterparts. The transfer speed between the Spectacles and a user’s phone are now also three to four times faster. Snap has unfortunately stuck with their rather slow download process. Users will still need to import photos and videos from their “Memories”, connect their device to a WiFi network, and wait for their content to download.
Third, the Spectacles are able to take both photos and videos. There is no longer a standard-definition mode, therefore both the photos and videos will be high-definition (HD). The video resolution has been improved by 25% and is now 1216 x 1216. Fourth, Snap has added a second microphone. Many customers complained about the first generation that they could only hear the person who was wearing the Spectacles, but no one else in the videos.
Snap was reportedly able to reuse some of the parts in their unsold first generation Spectacles in the latest units. The company will also only be selling the Spectacles online. The first generation had been available online and in “Minion”-esque vending machines in major cities. These changes will hopefully to alleviate some of the loss Snap experienced with their first generation Spectacles.