Snap is no stranger to hardware, having released several versions of Spectacle’s smart glasses over the years. The next step may be a pair of built-in monitors that support augmented reality effects.
Next-generation glasses will be able to store Snapchat lenses (or AR effects) on the environment without the need to use the smartphone’s camera, according to The information. At least for now, these smart glasses are not meant for everyday wear. They are said to be aimed at developers and creators, the people who make many of Snapchat’s most popular lenses. It seems that Snap hopes these people will create new lens style experiences for the glasses, which it can release more widely in the future. The company is set to announce AR Spectacles at the developer conference in May, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Snap has reportedly revived its long-standing plans to build a selfie drone. It should be said that the company has invested 20 million dollars in Zero Zero Robotics, a company that built a collapsible drone. Snap was reportedly in talks to buy the startup in 2017. Now Snap hardware engineers are trembling away on their own machine using a drone company, according to The information. It is not clear if or when Snap plans to start selling the drone.