Snapchat has unveiled a new version of its augmented reality (AR) glasses Spectacles. The company says the technology will overlay virtual items onto the real world in front of the wearer.
Previous versions of Spectacles have focused on taking photos and videos from a first-person perspective, but Snap Inc. co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said this recent version would enable people to “bring their imagination to life”.
While wearing the Spectacles, users will see Snapchat lenses and other virtual items appear in front of them as if actually placed in the physical world. But Snapchat said the new Spectacles are currently not for sale and instead aimed at AR creators and developers who build Snapchat lenses.
The firm also unveiled plans to make its camera more inclusive and better at capturing different skin tones. Spiegel said the platform was building new camera software that worked for all users “regardless of who they are and what they look like”.
The announcement comes as the social media platform revealed over 280 million people now use it globally every day, and over 500 million every month – with around 40 per cent of the Snapchat user base now found outside North America and Europe.
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