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After a huge buzz, Snapchat's owned wearable finally seems to become reality. The company said that they have lost $40 million on the device. The failure was not enough to stop the company from trying. Finally, the second generation of Snapchat Spectacles has passed through the FCC certification.
However, the FCC documents have not mentioned any clear name of the device, but the leaked packing label claims that the device is called 'Wearable video camera 002'. The upcoming Snapchat wearable is the arrival of the second-generation model which has been in rumors for a while.
In March a report came out from Cheddar indicating upcoming two variants of Spectacles. Second generation variant for 2018 and third generation for 2019. The FCC filing shows that we are looking at the second generation Spectacles.
The second-gen wearable is expected to come with a price tag of $300 (approx Rs 19,680). The camera accessory is rumored to come improved performance and bug fixes along with two cameras and GPS.
The company had launched its first-gen Spectacles back in 2016, which turns to become an instant success. The units were run out of stock quickly, there were long queues outside the popup booths. While noticing this market demand, Snapchat decided to not to sell this product in the normal way.
Instead of selling it normally company adopted the short supply rule to hype the exclusivity of the product. But this move backfired the Spectacles on the company. The Hype died down, and Snapchat ended up with $40 million worth of unsold units which no one ready to buy anymore.
While coming back to the second-gen Spectacles, the FCC listing shows that the branding features a "made for iPhone" sticker. The sticker also has a list of compatible iPhone devices, which start from iPhone 5 to the latest iPhone X. But it doesn't mean that the glasses are not compatible with Android devices, as the Android robot is also there on the label.
The listing also reveals that the device will sport a Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi support along with a 95mAh battery. A testing report also claims that it can be paired with your smartphone.
But the quest arises, is these glasses are worth buying because the Spectacles are coming with very low-quality video and poor battery life. Investing $300 for this product will not be a good deal at least for me.