Snap Allegedly Developing Next-Gen Version of the Spectacles and a Selfie Drone


Snap’s loud venture into wearable devices probably didn’t go as well as the company had hoped given that Spectacles aren’t really a thing even though they are now in their third generation.

Photo by Rodnae Productions from Pexels.

Nonetheless, it looks like the Instagram competitor is willing to give it another go.

PetaPixel picked up a report from Engadget and The Information that indicates the company formerly known as Snapchat is not only working on a next-gen version of the Spectacles aimed at creators and developers but also is looking to potentially get into the UAV business with a selfie drone.

This is all slated to be announced in May according to these reports. The alleged selfie drone is tied to Snap’s acquisition of Ctrl Me Robotics as well as what The Information reported was a funding interest in Chinese company Zero Zero Robotics though the chief exec of that company is now saying that Snap didn’t provide them with any funding. PetaPixel further reports that the burden of developing a selfie drone is largely being shouldered by in-house engineering.

All of this makes us recall that time that action camera company GoPro decided to make its own line of drones – only to unceremoniously withdraw from the market after losses piled up.

Of course, if we take the Spectacles as an example of the kind of scale of device that Snap could be developing, we doubt the company will commit a huge amount of development funds to a selfie drone. But crazier things have happened.

Did you own or use Snap’s Spectacles? What’s your opinion of a version that could incorporate AR? What about a selfie drone? Let us know your opinion on Snap’s rumored slate of new products in the comments below.

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