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The smart glasses revolution is here, or so Facebook thinks.
The smart glasses represents everything we fancy to mock about the much-revered Silicon Valley. It is a rare example of people rebuffing big tech acting as surveillance intermediaries. This hasn’t stopped companies like Facebook and Google occasionally dipping their toes in controversial technology. The most recent being Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, which tech pundits have hailed as a Snapchat Spectacles clone.
Facebook and Ray-Ban recently partnered to launch “Ray-Ban Stories” the social media giant’s first-generation smart glasses. As the name suggests, Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses promise to offer its users a “new way to capture photos and video, share your adventures, and listen to music or take phone calls.”
The first thing that comes to our mind when we hear about another product launch from Facebook is its tumultuous relationship with privacy. The social media giant boasts an eye-wateringly endless list of privacy scandals. We are confident that unless Facebook defines privacy around this recent launch, the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses may fall another victim to the roster of lawsuits against Facebook.
It would be unfair to talk about Facebook’s privacy scandals when the company has spent months creating a product that will be bought and cherished by millions of people worldwide. Without further ado, let’s dig in to what Ray-Ban Stories has to offer.
Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses feature dual integrated 5MP cameras. You can capture photos and up to 30-second videos using the capture button or hands-free with Facebook Assistant voice commands.
A hard-wired captured LED lights up to let people know when you’re taking a photo or video. Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories also features open-ear speaker built-in, a three-microphone audio array with beamforming technology, and a background noise suppression algorithm to provide an enhanced calling experience.
One can pair Facebook’s smart glasses with the new Facebook View app to share stories and memories with friends and social media followers. The app makes it easy to import, edit, and share on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and more.
Ray-Ban Stories will be available in 20 variants, in classic Ray-Ban styles – Meteor, Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, and Round- and five colors with a range of lenses, including clear, sun, transition, and prescription.
This is the first product to come out of Facebook’s multi-year partnership with EssilorLuxottica. Facebook’s Ray-ban Stories smart glasses start at $200 USD.