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MARCO GONZALEZ Photo Courtesy | Snapchat's newest thing is their new Spectacles, glasses that allow you to record from your experience
MARCO GONZALEZ Photo Courtesy | Snapchat’s newest thing is their new Spectacles, glasses that allow you to record from your experience

No, it’s not a minion vending machine. It’s Snapchat’s new Spectacles.

Snapchat has released their new product to the world in an interesting way. Snap Inc. is selling their latest product through a machine called the Snapbot. The machine is randomly placed in a new location every 48 hours. You can visit the Spectacles website for a countdown to the next location.

What makes these Spectacles so wanted? According to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, “It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience … It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again.”

Snapchat’s Spectacles look like glasses, but allow you to record snaps from your own perspective. Just press a button on the Spectacles to begin recording. The Spectacles will upload your snaps to Memories on Snapchat and can change in their case. 

There are multiple ways to get one of these Spectacles. One of the ways you could rock the Spectacles is by visiting the pop-up store in New York City. You can purchase your own pair, but might end up waiting five hours or more before getting your hands on one. The store doesn’t guarantee the ability to gain a pair.

Another way you can obtain the glasses is to chase the Snapbot around the country. This might be harder but you never know — the Snapbot might appear near you. The website has a map and a countdown to the next Snapbot location, giving it a feeling of finding treasure. People have waited to find the location and they have purchased helicopter tickets to get closer to a Snapbot before it’s sold out.

You can also pay for the glasses on eBay. The price for a Spectacle ranges from $300 – $1,190.00, so chasing the Snapbot doesn’t seem that bad now. The last thing you can do is rent them from companies. Lumoid and Joymode will let you rent the glasses at $60 and $40, respectively.

Time is ticking: when, and where, will your Spectacles appear?

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