New Snapchat Spectacles feature water resistance and a photo mode

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The new Spectacles have a few basic aesthetic improvements - including no obvious yellow rings on the front and more sophisticated colors - but Snap also made some technological tweaks, like adding waterproofing and a still-image mode.

These changes to Snapchat's Spectacles are certainly significant, and time will tell whether the glasses prove to perform stronger than their previous generation.

The new model is slightly slimmer, can take photos, and they're water-resistant, Snap said in a release.

While initially considered a niche product because of its limited usability with only Snapchat and its sketchy availability, the new version of the Spectacles could drive better adoption.

With such a unique method of distribution, the company created a lot of attention and hype around its first hardware product. They were a viral hit at first and people waited hours to get their hands on a pair.

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If you want sapphire Spectacles, you can decide between "twilight" and "midnight" lenses.

So what's new in version two?

The first reviews of these glasses suggest that they either look super lovely and fashionable - or they're a disaster. That won't be the case this time around: Spectacles 2.0 can be purchased on Snapchat's website. Why they can't make regular looking glasses is a complete mystery. To operate, the glasses do not need to be paired with a phone and can connect with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 A/C Wi-Fi for transferring photos after a long day out.

According to Snap, owners of the first version of Spectacles will soon receive a firmware update which will also allow them to take photographs with their glasses. All those new features come at a higher cost, with the second-generation Spectacles priced at $199.99 CAD, $30 more than the original Spectacles. The glasses can record video at 1216 by 1216 pixels at 60 frames per second with a touch of a button on the left side. Spectacles were originally sold through a vending machine which was moved randomly from place to place.

Snap shares are rising about 3% early Thursday after the camera company announced the details of its new Spectacles. Buy them here for $275.

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