Snapchat: The app we betches use to convey just how hungover we are. The app we use to post a fire shot to make our SABs jealous when they’ve ignored our last text. The app everyone in the world uses to send sneaky photos of the embarrassing humans we come into contact with on an everyday basis. Since its conception in 2011, Snapchat has undergone many updates that have made it nearly unrecognizable from the original ghost that dawned on our touch screens. They added everything from video to stories to its filter feature and our least favorite feature, memories. Well, now Snapchat, the company currently known as Snap Inc, has come out with Spectacles and honestly I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Last Friday the company announced it’s making a pair of sunglasses that come with a camera included. Business Insider got to test out a pair and the glasses do exactly what you think they do: They take video of everything while you’re wearing them. The video then seems to be shareable through Snapchat somehow, but that’s not exactly clear yet. So, basically, Spectacles are kind of a version—a way shittier and dumber version, but a version nonetheless—of Google Glass??
Not to mention, the commercial for Spectacles shows grandparents watching the video. The last thing my grandparents know how to use is a cell phone, let alone Snapchat, let alone a fucking pair of glasses that connect to Snapchat. What happened to the days when this app was marketed as the way to send nudes without someone screenshotting them?
The only way I see this being successful is if “Snap Inc.” could somehow capitalize on how hard it is to see my phone screen in sunlight. Is that the point of these? If not, these will probably flop because why would I want to take constant streaming video? I’m not a Kardashian and I’m trying to keep it that way.