It’s definitely an original idea: Snap, the company that operates popular app Snapchat is parachuting vending machines to select locations to enable its users to buy its video-enabled Spectacles.
Dubbed Snapbots, the Spectacle-dispensing vending machines will land in strategic locations across the U.S. The first Snapbot, which resembles a large Minion, landed in Venice Beach, near Snap’s headquarters. Spectacles, which sell for $130, are like sunglasses with a built-in video camera.
“Buying Specs from a Bot is easy! When you find a Bot, press one of the larger circular buttons to virtually try on a pair of black, coral, and teal Specs When you’ve decided what color you want, insert a debit or credit card to purchase,” reads a Snap post. “Snapbots take about 10 seconds to process your transaction. Once you see the Bot’s mouth light up, take your Specs and you’re all set! Don’t forget to grab your receipt.”
To find a Snapbot near you, check out the interactive map by clicking here. As always X marks the spot where the bot can be found.
Snap first unveiled Spectacles back in September, saying the built-in video camera is capable of capturing and creating “Memories.”
“We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses,” Snap said in a blog post at the time.
To use the device, you simply tap it to get started on making a 10‑second Snap. Lights on the glasses will show friends when you are ‘Snapping.’ The Smart glasses will connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, enabling you to transfer your videos captured in Snap’s “brand new circular video format,” directly into the app. Circular video is compatible with any device, offering a 115-degree field of view that plays back in full screen. The device charges right in its case.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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