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Snap announces new Spectacles AR glasses, which let you overlay digital objects on the real world

Key Points
  • Snap on Thursday announced a new version of its Spectacles smart glasses.
  • Augmented reality glasses such as Spectacles let you overlay digital objects on the real world.
  • Shares of Snap were up more than 5% on Thursday after the company's Snap Partner Summit.
Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap, announces new Spectacles AR glasses that let you overlay digital objects on the real world.
Source: SNAP Inc.

Snap on Thursday announced a new version of its Spectacles smart glasses. They use augmented reality, which means you can look through them and see digital objects in the real world.

Shares of Snap closed up more than 5% on Thursday after the company's Snap Partner Summit.

The new glasses allow users to see computer-generated imagery overlaid on their field of view in the real world. The Spectacles include two cameras, four microphones, a touchpad and buttons for controls. Users can also give audio commands to the device by saying, "Hey Snapchat." The new Spectacles are equipped with 30 minutes of battery life.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said the devices are already in the hands of a select group of creators. The company is offering the device to more creators through a website.

Snapchat's new AR Spectacles glasses
Snap

The company also announced a flurry of new augmented-reality e-commerce features and new features for social media creators.

Snap is among a flurry of tech companies working on smart glasses, along with Apple and Facebook.

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