New sunglasses can record HD video, snap photos, and stream video live to social media sites

Back in September 2016, Snapchat parent Snap introduced a new product called Spectacles. Basically a cheap pair of sunglasses with an embedded video camera, the device was priced at $129.99 and recorded 10 seconds of video everytime the "record button" was tapped. A maximum of 30 seconds could be recorded and uploaded to social media. Originally sold out of a vending machine that moved from location to location, the company announced last October that in one year it had sold over 150,000 units, 50% more than expected. Once Snapchat started selling them online, sales began to tumble.

Now, skateboard manufacturer Acton is offering the next pair of tech-enabled sunglasses. Dubbed ACE Eyewear, these specs can record HD video, snap photos, and live stream video to social media sites. Acton co-founder Peter Treadway says "Tech-enabled sunglasses have so much potential, but haven’t fully taken off yet because they haven’t been designed with style in mind to look like glasses that people actually want to wear." ACE Eyewear might be considered more fashionable than Snap's Spectacles, but we will have to leave that for consumers to decide.

The camera used on the glasses features an 8MP sensor with a 120 degree wide angle view, and captures 40 minutes of  HD video. The device is equipped with 4GB of memory and 10 hours of battery life, which includes 1.5 hours of continuous recording. The glasses will be sold for $199 a pair when they launch this summer, but if you pre-order now the price is just $99.

Click on the video at the top of the story to see how a pair of Ace Eyeware recorded racing from inside a car at Sonoma Raceway. If you want to reserve a pair of ACE Eyeware, tap on the sourcelink below.

source: Acton via BGR



1. Subie

Posts: 2447; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not a bad idea as an alternative to having a dash cam in your car!

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

HD video is roughly 1280x720. Umm, that is poor quality video recording. If it was full HD or 4k would be better, but only HD is not good.

6. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

But the thing gives spectacular views. sort of a stylish GoPro. 720p is not bad. I won't mind using such a device to livestream on Facebook while driving.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

720p 120 degree wide angle video is definitely not going to be high quality video. You can sugar coat that one all you like. It's not going to be good video, period. For live stream to the internet. It's okay. But let's get real. Even low end smartphones shoot video now at a default of full HD or at a resolution of 1920x1080. These are priced at $199. So even if you get the $99 deal for supporting these glasses you can get a low end smartphone right now that will shoot video at a higher resolution for $99 or less.

14. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

...well good luck holding your low end phone while blasting down a rocky downhill trail on your mountain bike.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

these don't look awful, I'm surprised!

3. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Really good quality video coming from a pair of sunglasses! Would be good while driving to reiterate #1's post.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What are you talking about really good video. It's only HD resolution. Not full HD or 4k video. HD quality is roughly 1280x720 or very close to that resolution.

9. Anonymous.

Posts: 424; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

720p isn't bad as you make it sound, and it is good enough for a sunglass.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can buy a cheap Android smartphone for less than $99 that will give you a higher video recording with full HD video. Sure it's not embedded into sun glasses, but still that is still coming with a better camera, a touch screen display, more storage, and direct internet access. It might not be the best smartphone, granted. But you are getting more bang for you buck.

12. Anonymous.

Posts: 424; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

This sunglass is more geared towards hands-free usage, especially in cases of driving, which lets people record while behind the wheel. This is more about convenience than bang for buck.

7. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Whatever happened to the privacy worries and backlash that we saw with the Google glasses? Venues banned them, wearers were abused ...

8. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think they should either has some kind of a red colored light (apparent and obvious not just a small unrecognized one) or something to indicate that they are recording like how video cameras do usually . And should make a loud sound when taking a picture, And these shouldn't be options but mandatory

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I'm still waiting for these products to be banned by bars and other establishments.

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