The existence of a minumum of one new set of wearable Spectacle glasses for Snapchat has just been confirmed from the FCC’s radiation chambers. The documents printed today, and first spotted by Variety, describe a wearable video camera, made by Snap Inc. With Spectacles, branding and Model 002, printed on the packing label. Even though majority of the documents accompanying the filing are obscured under a confidentiality request, a little digging shows support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 .
Last month, Cheddar reported two upcoming versions of Spectacles: a second generation model for 2018 with improved performance and bug fixes, and a 3rd gen wearable for 2019 with two cameras, GPS navigation, and a price tag of up to $300. The Federal Communications Commission filing would suggest we are looking at the second gen model that’s effective at faster file transfers. The initial Spectacles launched in 2016 with an extremely successful advertising campaign that led to long lines and a grey market where sellers could require a hefty premium at the top of the $130 suggested retail cost. The hype soon fizzled, but with the firm eating about $40 million in unsold inventory. Remember, finding a product in the FCC’s database is not a guarantee it will go on the market. Obtaining passing brands to suggest your product’s wireless technologies will not bake the brain is one thing, having the courage to market the new Spectacles following the original fiasco is something different entirely.