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Snap’s much-hyped Spectacles have landed in Seattle.

The Twitter account for the camera glasses posted a photo on Wednesday of the bright yellow Spectacles vending machine outside Dick’s Drive In restaurant in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

A quick search of the Spectacles website confirmed the news:

(Snapchat Image)

News of the “Snapbot” arrival spread fast, and the line to get a pair of hard-to-find Spectacles quickly wrapped around the building. GeekWire made it down to Dick’s just after the announcement, but by the time we arrived, some people had already waited in line for more than an hour.

Snap, parent company of the popular Snapchat messaging app, first rolled out the Minion-like machines this past November in its hometown of Venice Beach, where hundreds of people lined up to get a pair of the $129 specs.

[Follow-up: ‘Swagged-out cameras for my eyes!’ Snapchat fans ditch work and school to snag Spectacles in Seattle]

Since then, Snap has moved the pop-up vending machine around to various locations around the U.S. It quietly tweets an image of the machine without explanation when the machine arrives in a new spot. Snapbots are the only place to purchase the device, other than a pop-up store in New York City and listings on eBay.

So what’s the big deal about Spectacles?

The camera sunglasses allow people to record Snapchat videos in 10-to-30-second increments by tapping a button on top of the glasses, which triggers a spinning light that notifies others that you’re filming. To record longer than the initial 10-seconds, you tap the button again. Videos are uploaded either by Bluetooth or Wifi to your iPhone, or by WiFi to your Android device, and can then be shared on Snapchat via the smartphone app. The device comes in three colors – black, coral and teal.

The fish-eye videos are meant to give viewers a first-person perspective and mimic the human eye with their circular shape. The Spectacles also remove the need to hold a smartphone to film something.

The Wall Street Journal described wearing the device as “cool and creepy.”

Spectacles are likely the first of a series new products we see from Snap, which is going public later this year and has said it will focus more on camera hardware. In its IPO filing, Snap noted that “we plan to significantly broaden the distribution of Spectacles.”

Here are some Spectacles-related tweets from folks in Seattle today:

 

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