Snapchat could be building smart glasses to show self-destructing picture messages


Snapchat could be working on Google Glass-style smart glasses that would show the user photos and videos on the self-destructing messaging service.

The company has recently snapped up various new high-profile staff members, hinting that it may be working on its very own wearable gadget.

The rumoured smart specs could potentially enable users to send self-deleting selfies and video without even having to touch their phones.

Snapchat’s new hires include Mark Dixon — who previously worked on Microsoft’s HoloLens headset — along with Eitan Pilipski, who spent five years working on Qualcomm’s Vuforia augmented-reality software team.

In 2014, Snapchat bought startup tech firm Vergence Labs, which makes Google Glass-style eyewear that records video.

What’s more, Snapchat is advertising a job for a “3D Computer Vision Engineer,” hinting that it’s working on software designed for smart specs.

The selfie-sharing social networking app currently boasts 100 million daily users and is worth around £11 billion.

The company hasn’t commented on the speculation surrounding the “Snapchat smart specs.”

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