Coronavirus and Your Money: Special Coverage
By Kristen Bahler
November 10, 2016
Snapchat's Imran Khan speaks onstage at The Town Hall during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 26, 2016 in New York City.
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Snap, the recently-rebranded company formerly known as Snapchat, announced in September that it will roll out camera-equipped sunglasses called Spectacles.

But consumers won’t be able to buy the glasses in stores, or even online. Instead, they’ll get them from giant, futuristic vending machines called “Snapbots,” the company announced Thursday. Snap plans to deposit the machines in a rotating roster of U.S. locations throughout the fall, with the first machine coming to Venice Beach, Recode reports. In a nod to the limited life span of Snap’s namesake self-deleting image app, the machines will only be available for about a day before they’re moved to a new location.

The company will add the locations of the bots to a map on its home page 24 hours before one lands.

The glasses, which record 10 second of video at a time and send the recording to a user’s phone, cost $129.99.

Snap is no doubt looking to garner the hype that surrounded the launch of Google Glass — which debuted in 2014 to much fanfare. Google put that product on the market for $1,500, but poor sales forced the company to scrap it less than a year later.

Here’s a look at how the Snapbot booths work:



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