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I finally tried Snap’s AR glasses in my backyard and tested some of its augmented reality lenses in bright outdoor light. The hour or so I spent with them was like a quick sprint into a possible future, how developers will play AR outside of the current mobile-focused experience. Before the battery ran out, I was able to try out some of the experiences provided by the developers and Snapchat.
There are a lot of questions on the road to the future AR glasses we’ll always wear: what will you use them for? Will a pair of smart glasses be more useful than your phone? For companies like Snapchat’s parent company, Snap, the solution is to continue to develop mobile AR before physical glasses. It’s still Snap’s way, even though AR glasses are already in the hands of developers. Snap is working on other ways to analyze the real world and use AR to cover it in the Snapchat app’s similar app licenses and transfer some of those tools to developers to develop AR that doesn’t is not ready for consumer eyewear.
This may be as good as any clue to augmented reality development in 2022. As Qualcomm and other companies race to develop AR glasses, your phone remains the best place to connect.

As the concept of Metaverse becomes ubiquitous, Snap’s response is to layer a series of increasingly complex AR tools and effects into the company’s mobile-based social network. But Snap’s method also has an interesting problem: creating unique face filters and AR effects to use in other apps. In a sense, your avatar, or your chat face, can be spread across multiple apps.
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Brielle Garcia’s AR Menu Lens, a way to browse virtual menu items in AR. Snapchat has been working hard to add more ways for developers to layer more virtual stuff into the real world.
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Snapchat continues to add more advanced AR features to its mobile apps. The lens created by the developer can “mesh” the world (3D scan your surroundings, including objects and obstacles, just like Apple’s lidar-equipped iPhones and iPads can do), but use phone cameras ordinary laptops. The lens can also cover the real world with custom-designed augmented reality. The Landmarks feature was previously only available in certain real-world locations, but Snap allows anyone to scan and enhance their local effects. It remains to be seen how the company will appropriately create local AR effects.
But what does this mean for smart glasses? Snap’s AR glasses announced earlier this year are still only available to developers. The company is slowly making this technology more available to developers, but there’s no timeline for when it can be purchased. There’s a good reason for that: Snap’s AR glasses have very short battery life, don’t fit regular glasses (I have to wear contact lenses), and have a very narrow field of view. But for now, they can serve as a foundation for developers to understand how their mobile AR apps will start working on glasses.
I can understand why they are useful for developers to test. The biggest advantage of Snap glasses is that they are bright enough to use outdoors, which is different from some other AR headsets. Other things that surprised me. Doing things like stringing virtual lights between the tree and my porch, or escaping the zombies chasing me around the yard, all hint at what could happen when outdoor wearable glasses become mainstream.
The glasses are also designed as accessories for mobile phones, but they can work independently when connected to Wi-Fi. Like Meta’s Ray-Ban glasses, they are paired directly to an app. Lenses that work in Snapchat can also be loaded onto the glasses. The goal is to make mobile AR work so well that, in a sense, turning to glasses feels more like a choice of fit and form.
Snap’s focus on mobile phones and headsets becomes more real and collaborative. Connected lenses, which allow multiple people to share the same experience, will soon appear in developer-only glasses. But Snapchat still has no way of making cellphones and these glasses interact in the same experience. It might happen at some point, but since Snap’s AR glasses are still purely developer-specific hardware, that might not matter now. Many of Snap’s most exciting AR works are still compatible with mobile phones.
It also highlights the state of AR at the end of 2021: if you want to try it, use your phone. For Snapchat and almost everyone else, the glasses part is still going on.

Sarah C. Figueiredo