The newest hardware from the famous app, Snapchat, might help users use the app easily but might start a privacy issue for the public
Snap Inc.’s first ever device, the Spectacles, spark a very big question; isn’t the option of taking a video of another person without them noticing, invasion of privacy? We live in a world full of people demanding more privacy and although the new invention is made for fun, it might being used in a way the company never intended.
People do tend to misuse inventions made to make lives easier. The Spectacles is no different. Users using the device could start invasion of other people’s privacy as there will be no way of controlling what type of videos they make. If someone is taking a video on his phone, it is noticeable and thus most people resist the temptation, if they have any. However, with the help of this device, it gives them all the freedom they need to do something which might end up hurting the people around them.
This might sound something you’d hear from a conspiracy theorist, but the governments might be interested in using the device as well. In a world full of security concerns, the device fits the bill. The camera on the new device is fit on a set of stylish sunglasses and allows the person wearing it to make a video of what they’re looking at. It doesn’t require the person to pick up their smartphone and point it at someone and take a snap or a video. Now, they can simply take videos more easily through the Snapchat app.
The audience to which the new invention is catered to is a very diverse one, consisting of more than 10 million people, according to the company. It is suggested that the $130 price-tag will put off many suitors but the company is confident that enticing the users in an experience which would let them relive their memories, according to Snap Inc. CEO, Evan Spiegel.
The CEO used the device as a prototype on a trip in 2015, when he went to Big Sur. He claims that when he saw the clips made through the device, he thought as if he was reliving his memories. He claims that it is a big step that the device can allow people to do what’s more important in a vacation or a concert; keep their phones inside and have fun and enjoy the company of the people around them.
However, the adoption of the device is also something which the company should look at first for it to be a success. Wearable glasses have seen a high profile flop in the past with the Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Glass. However, with the more defined usage profile of the Spectacles, we don’t think it’ll have the same fate as the Google Glass.