Former Motorola executive Seshadri Tangutur is the main Snapchat contact overseeing the Spectacles product, the internet company’s first push into building its own hardware, according to new FCC filings.
Tangutur, the former Corporate VP of Software for Motorola Mobility, joined Snapchat in February 2015 after being recruited by Steve Horowitz, one of its VPs for engineering, a source told Business Insider. What the pair were doing at Snapchat has been a secret. Tangutur doesn’t list his title on his LinkedIn, and Horowitz doesn’t even have one.
Tangutur joined Motorola as an executive in 2010, shortly before Google acquired the struggling phone maker. He then served as a VP overseeing Android platform engineering for several years at Motorola, and went to become the corporate VP of Software, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Horowitz’s career hits almost every major tech company. He started off at Apple, working on MacIntosh products then went to Microsoft for a decade. He then went to Google to overseee Android development before jumping to Coupon.com as its CTO. From there, he became a Senior VP of Software Engineering at Motorola.
The new FCC filings link the Motorola team as part of the experienced, technical talent behind Snapchat’s forthcoming product. Snapchat’s Spectacles, which will sell for $129, allow users to record 10 second video clips using the glasses’ built-in camera.
Snapchat applied in early September for the FCC to approve its new Spectacles since they use Bluetooth Low Energy and WiFi to transmit the video footage. According to the filing, the glasses appear to use the 2402-2480MHz Bluetooth frequency and WiFi frequencies of 2.4GHz: 2.412 – 2.462GHz.
The glasses appear to use a circular antenna that loops around the camera, as can be seen in this diagram included in the filings.
The FCC granted authorization for the new glasses on Monday, several days after Business Insider first published a leaked video of the finished product. Snapchat later confirmed to Recode that Horowitz is running the company’s hardware teams.