Shopgirl: Snapchat’s Spectacles allow users to stream their experiences

Snapchat’s glasses-wearable Spectacles is finally out, and it’s a hit.


The company launched by sneakily setting up a vending machine on a boardwalk in L.A., near a national park in Big Sur, Calif., and also a tourist spot off Route 66 near Tulsa, Okla. The glasses-camera-video-bluetooth device sold for $130 from the bright yellow vending machines (they’re now being resold on eBay for as much as $5,000), and basically film in a 360-degree viewpoint so that when viewers watch your video, it’s as if they were there.


There’s no camera shake, no holding your smartphone just so – just press a button on the glasses and look around to show your followers what you see. The video is then uploaded to your Snapchat account via bluetooth.

You can go to to stay updated as to where the next opportunity to buy will be, or any other news about the launch.

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