Snapchat reveals underwater version of its spectacles 

  • Special goggles house a pair of Snapchat Spectacles, which are interchangeable
  • Can stay underwater for 30 minutes and travel up to 150ft below the surface
  • Automatically uploads footage to the user’s Snapchat account in ‘Memories’
  • Royal Caribbean is testing 10 units and hopes to offer them to guests soon 

Snapchat is taking users on an underwater adventure.Royal Caribbean has designed a modified a unique scuba mask that houses Snapchat Spectacles, which can be submerged for 30 minutes and operate up to 150 feet below the surface.

Called ‘SeaSeekers’, the device uploads footage to the diver’sSnapchat ‘Memories’, allowing them to instantly share their deep sea experience with those on land.

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The Royal Caribbean has designed a modified a unique scuba mask that houses Snapchat Spectacles, which can be submerged for 30 minutes and operate up to 150 feet below the surface 

The Royal Caribbean has designed a modified a unique scuba mask that houses Snapchat Spectacles, which can be submerged for 30 minutes and operate up to 150 feet below the surface 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

The Royal Caribbean has developed a custom-designed scuba masks that is capable of holding a pair of Spectacles.

The device is interchangeable, allowing users to operate their own unit.

Called ‘SeaSeekers’, the device uploads the footage to the diver’s Snapchat ‘Memories’, allowing them to instantly share their deep sea experience with those on land.

prototype that can be submerged for 30 minutes and operate up to 150 feet below the surface.

It can be submerged for 30 minutes and operate up to 150 feet below the surface.

‘The SeaSeeker will enable all adventure-seekers to get a front-row seat to the thrilling adventures found underwater in a way that has never been possible before,’ said Jim Berra, CMO and SVP of marketing at Royal Caribbean International.

‘Snapchat continues to be a favorite channel for curious travelers and is the ideal platform for this first-of-its-kind undersea exploration.

‘We are excited to find an innovative way to use the Snapchat Spectacles with our SeaSeeker mask so that we can bring the underwater experience to our guests as they visit the incredible destinations we sail to.’

‘We’ve even taken the added step of applying for a patent for the SeaSeeker mask so that we can bring it to our guests exclusively.’

The unit consists of a pair of Spectacles that are housed in a waterproof casing that doubles as googles for the diver – the Spectacles snap in and out of the custom-designed scuba mask, DesignBoom reported.

SeaSeekers are currently being tested in Mexico with a group of professional divers, but Royal Caribbean has plans to release the technology to its guests – the firm is also looking to patent the googles which it will target at ‘maturing millennials’.

The mask was also designed to encourage people to spend more time exploring the oceans, as 95 percent has yet to be seen by human eyes, and as a way to promote conservation.

Called 'SeaSeekers', the device uploads footage to the diver's Snapchat 'Memories', allowing them to instantly share their deep sea experience with those on land

Users can capture the stunning sights without having to lug a camera around with them

Called ‘SeaSeekers’, the device uploads footage to the diver’s Snapchat ‘Memories’, allowing them to instantly share their deep sea experience with those on land

SeaSeekers goggles are currently being tested in Mexico with a group of professional divers, but Royal Caribbean has plans to release the technology to its guests – the firm is also looking to patent the googles which it will target at 'maturing millennials'

SeaSeekers goggles are currently being tested in Mexico with a group of professional divers, but Royal Caribbean has plans to release the technology to its guests – the firm is also looking to patent the googles which it will target at ‘maturing millennials’

Although Spectacles are fairly new to the market, Snapchat seems to not be wasting anytime in modifying them to be more appealing to users.

Earlier this month, rumors have surfaced that the firm was developing a second pair that would be ‘quite different’ from its predecessor and include built-in augmented reality features, TechCrunch reported.

The rumor was brought to light a month after Snapchat published a patent for the technology, which overlays digital images in the real-world environment captured by the glasses. 

The unit consists of a pair of Spectacles that are housed in a waterproof casing that doubles as googles for the diver – the Spectacles snap in and out of the custom-designed scuba mask

The unit consists of a pair of Spectacles that are housed in a waterproof casing that doubles as googles for the diver – the Spectacles snap in and out of the custom-designed scuba mask

The mask was also designed to encourage people to spend more time exploring the oceans, as 95 percent has yet to be seen by human eyes, and as a way to promote conservation

The mask was also designed to encourage people to spend more time exploring the oceans, as 95 percent has yet to be seen by human eyes, and as a way to promote conservation

Snapchat released its Spectacles in the US market this past November, which are a range of sunglasses which users can film 10 second video clips and upload them straight to the picture messaging app.

And earlier this month, the firm launched the device in the UK.

The $ 129 (£130) sunglasses record 10-second video clips which are then sent to the user’s Snapchat account, where they can be shared with friends. The report was gathered by Jon Russell with TechCrunch, who said he spoke with people familiar to the matter.

The mask was developed using a 3D printer and Royal Caribbean hopes to soon patent the design

The mask was developed using a 3D printer and Royal Caribbean hopes to soon patent the design

The sources said that this development has been a major secret among Snapchat and only ‘a few of Snap’s’ employees know the details and shipping date.

And although it was noted that the second model will be ‘quite different’ from the original, the source did not hint at any other details.

However, Snapchat may have given away its own secret last month with a patent for Spectacles that support augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

Although Spectacles (pictured is the original pair)are fairly new to the market, Snapchat seems to not be wasting anytime in modifying them to be more appealing to users. Earlier this month, rumors have surfaced that the firm was developing a second pair that would be 'quite different' from its predecessor and include built-in augmented reality features 

Although Spectacles (pictured is the original pair)are fairly new to the market, Snapchat seems to not be wasting anytime in modifying them to be more appealing to users. Earlier this month, rumors have surfaced that the firm was developing a second pair that would be ‘quite different’ from its predecessor and include built-in augmented reality features 

The patent, entitled ‘Image based tracking in augmented reality systems’ was filed by Snapchat in October 2015 and published on Thursday.

According to the document, the technology would have the users capture their surrounding environment by taking shooting a video via the Snapchat app.

The rumor was brought to light a month after Snapchat had published a patent (pictured) for the technology, which overlays digital images in the real-world environment captured by the glasses 

The rumor was brought to light a month after Snapchat had published a patent (pictured) for the technology, which overlays digital images in the real-world environment captured by the glasses 

This data would then be used as ‘an initial rough location estimate to identify façade data about local buildings’ which would be determined by GPS or another location service, the patent explains in regards to what the environment looks like.

HOW TO GET A PAIR

Current locations of Snapbots:

– London Eye in London 

– Rambla del Mar in Barcelona

– MountMitte in Berlin 

– Campo San Barnaba in Venice

– Port de Suffren in Paris

– The American at Bran in Glendale

– The Grove in Los Angeles

These vending machines move to a new location every day.

To check where they are go to the website, where they can also be bought online. 

The system then searches through its data base for an image that matches with what the users is seeing, which would then be placed in the scene.

And the patent gives a few examples including virtual animals, robots and dinosaurs.

‘Augmented reality, as described herein, refers to systems and devices that capture images, enhance those images with additional information, and then present the enhanced information on a display,’ the patent explains.

‘This enables, for example, a user to hold up a phone to capture a video stream of a scene, and an output display of the phone to present the scene as visible to the user along with additional information.

‘This information may include placing virtual objects in the scene so the virtual objects are presented as if they existed in the scene.’

‘Aspects of such virtual objects are processed to occlude the virtual object if another real or virtual object passes in front of the virtual object as shown from the perspective of the image sensor capturing the environment.’

Although the patent does not outright list ‘Spectacles’ as the tool that would transport users to an augmented work, there is a drawing  (pictured) of a pair of glasses that looks almost identical

Although the patent does not outright list ‘Spectacles’ as the tool that would transport users to an augmented work, there is a drawing  (pictured) of a pair of glasses that looks almost identical

The patent shows an illustration where the user is walking down the street of a city.

In the drawing, it shows a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex standing in the middle of the road walking towards them.

‘In an AR event, virtual objects such as virtual object may move within a virtual environment matched to the real environment, so that as a camera perspective changes, virtual object is not static, but moves over time whether or not virtual object is within the perspective area captured by a sensor,’ Snapchat shares in the patent.

Users capture their surrounding environment by shooting a video via the Snapchat app while wearing Spectacles. This data would then be used as ‘an initial rough location estimate to identify façade data about local buildings’ which would be determined by GPS

Users capture their surrounding environment by shooting a video via the Snapchat app while wearing Spectacles. This data would then be used as ‘an initial rough location estimate to identify façade data about local buildings’ which would be determined by GPS

So, the augmented reality dinosaur could appear as if it is charging for you, while you are wearing the Spectacles.

Although the patent does not outright list ‘Spectacles’ as the tool that would transport users to an augmented work, there is a drawing of a pair of glasses that looks almost identical. 

The patent suggests that the firm would fit the ‘glasses’ with two cameras and a range of sensors to ‘see’ the user’s reality.

SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES 

To take a Snap, just press the button on Specs once to take a ten-second video Snap. 

There’s no need to pair Spectacles with your phone first.

Spectacles are always ‘on’ and ready to capture the moment, but they’re not always recording. 

The LED ring on the front of Specs will illuminate when you press the button to start recording.

One you pair a phone, the snaps will automatically appear in your memories tab. 

From there, they can be edited and shared as normal. 

 

However, the document also describes other device that could be used such a visor or helmet. 

The firm notes that it could use ‘specialized image and location capture equipment’ to gather more information about the outside world.

This would include ‘locations, keypoints of buildings, and building facade data with high accuracy’.

Doing so will give the system more ‘accurate references for image based location systems’.

However, like many tech firms before, just because Snapchat has published a patent for new technology, does not mean it will become a reality.

But it may not be too far off, as the firm foresees this device being a $ 5 billion market by 2020.

 


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