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A pair of specs that prove your so­cial-me­dia worth. On Snapchat

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The new Snapchat glasses that ac­tu­ally come with a fair amount of style-cred

Snapchat.the thing your 12-year-old nephew does on the phone when he’s busy ig­nor­ing your ques­tions.yes, you’ve heard of it. But do you use it? Prob­a­bly not.these clever sun­glasses want to change that.

If you’re not up on your tech­nol­ogy gos­sip, Snapchat, the so­cial-me­dia com­pany, is no more. In its place is Snap, Inc. which is pub­licly listed on the Newyork Stock Ex­change as a cam­era com­pany. Last year it launched a quirk­ily de­signed pair of specs that let users record eye-level videos and then post on­line.this year, in true Sil­i­con­va­l­ley form, they’ve launched another pair — Snapchat Spec­ta­cles 2.0.

These new specs record videos of 30-sec­onds (the cam­era is hid­den above the right lens), and, for the first time, you can ex­port them for use on other plat­forms (cough, In­sta­gram, cough). Of course, Snapchat has kept some of the fun for it­self; up­load­ing videos to its own plat­form gives you a load of slick ways for your friends to en­joy the videos (in a cool aug­ment­e­dreal­ity-meets-pov kind of way). They also take pho­tos, and to make sure they aren’t used for any ne­far­i­ous pur­poses, have a light ring that lets oth­ers know when you’re record­ing.

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