Dallas, TX, United States, 09/10/2021 / News Bureau /
On 9th September, RayBan, in collaboration with Facebook, launched the long-awaited smart glasses called “Ray-Ban Stories.” It is considered to be a step towards Facebook’s future.
“We took our Wayfarer (frames), born in 1952, and we reinvented the design, squeezing in some cool technology,” Fabio Borsoi, global research and design director at Ray-Ban’s maker, EssilorLuxottica, said.
The “Ray-Ban Stories” sunglasses can shoot images and videos in response to the user’s voice commands, and the glasses can wirelessly connect to Facebook through an application.
Facebook calls its glasses a step towards “full augmented reality glasses.” Although Ray-Ban Stories glasses do not have augmented reality functionalities like projecting images in the environment, the glasses are basically an attempt by Facebook to create eyewear that will augment the environment visually and audibly, according to the company.
Facebook is entering a market that has previously seen Google Glass, which was released in 2013 and generated a privacy outcry due to built-in cameras, prompting the tech giant to shift its emphasis away from the general public.
SnapChat, the messaging platform, has also launched camera-equipped Spectacles, but they are expensive and have struggled to gain traction among tech enthusiasts.
The features of the Ray-Ban Stories glasses include:
- Ray-Ban Stories are available in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the United States for $299.
- On the front of the frame, cameras are integrated, while the arms are meant to be used as directional speakers for listening to calls or streaming music.
- When the cameras are activated, a white light in the front of the frame glows as a privacy feature to warn individuals that they may be being recorded.
- Wearers can capture a photo or a video clip of up to 30 seconds by pushing a button at the temple or using a voice command, both of which can indicate that a camera is turned on.
- The glasses also feature a physical switch that can be used to turn them off.
- Users sign in to the Facebook View app for the glasses with their Facebook accounts. Ray-Ban Stories frames wirelessly sync with a smartphone app built particularly for dealing with photos or video recorded by the glasses.
- Users may use the app to select if they want to share photos or videos they’ve just taken, such as sharing them to Facebook or sending in the mail as attachments.
“We need the user to feel completely in control of their capture experience,” said Hind Hobeika, product manager at Facebook Reality Labs.
“And, similarly, we need people around them to feel comfortable that these smart glasses exist and always be in the know when a capture is happening,” Hobeika continued, referring to recording.
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