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Twitter user @BenJP51 showed off his new Snapchat Spectacles in a photo beneath Seattle’s Space Needle on Saturday. (Twitter Photo / @BenJP51)

Ten days after showing up and dispensing colorful, high-tech camera sunglasses in front of a Dick’s Drive-In restaurant, Snapchat’s Spectacles vending machine did its thing at another Seattle institution on Saturday.

The yellow Snapbot landed in the observation deck at the top of the 605-foot-tall Space Needle.

Photos shared on Twitter — by the official @Spectacles and @Space_Needle accounts, among others — showed the machine with balloons tied to the top of it. The Space Needle also said on Facebook, “Look who came to visit today.”

Just like when it was at the Dick’s in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood on Feb. 8, the @SnapbotLocation Twitter account alerted people Saturday morning of the machine’s arrival.

The bot was in place, mysteriously as always, at 9 a.m. when the Needle opened to visitors. The cost to go to the top of the famous landmark is $22 and visitors who wanted Spectacles had to pay that admission fee before riding the elevator up and dropping another $142 on the shades.

Space Needle employees were not permitted to share any details about hosting the bot, which disappeared around 1 p.m., but one observer told GeekWire that Snapchat’s second visit to Seattle drew an enthusiastic crowd. One person even showed up in pajamas and said they left a pancake breakfast behind to race to the Needle.

Look who came to visit us today! #snapbot #spectacles #exploreseattle #SpaceNeedle

Posted by Space Needle on Saturday, February 18, 2017


Snap Inc. first started selling the glasses — which allow users to shoot point-of-view video and stream it via Bluetooth to their Snapchat account — last November.

GeekWire caught up with Spectacles fans earlier this month when they stood in the cold rain for a chance to get their hands on the glasses for the first time in Seattle.

The bot’s short stay in one location and constant movement around the country has turned its appearances into viral sensations.


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