tech2 News StaffSep 10, 2021 10:58:41 IST
Facebook and Ray-Ban were working on a pair of smart glasses for a long time now. The much-awaited smart glasses, Ray-Ban Stories, were finally announced yesterday. These smart glasses can capture photos and videos and even allows users to listen to music or take phone calls. R ay-Ban Stories is priced at $299 and will be available for purchase in 20 style combinations online and in select retail stores in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK.
The smart glasses come with a 5 MP camera that can capture photos and record up to 30-second videos via a physical button or by a Facebook Assistant voice commands. According to Facebook, LED lights in the glasses light up to let the person know that the user is taking a video or photo. Ray-Ban Stories also comes with built-in open-ear speakers and three microphones for making calls and recording videos. “Beamforming technology and a background noise suppression algorithm provide for an enhanced calling experience like you’d expect from dedicated headphones”, states Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg and Rocco Basilico, Chief Wearables Officer at EssilorLuxottica introduce #RayBanStories – the new way to capture, share and listen.
— Facebook (@Facebook) September 9, 2021
The smart glasses can be operated via the new Facebook View app which will be available on Android and iOS. It will let users share content on apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat
According to Facebook, “Ray-Ban Stories are available in 20 variations, in classic Ray-Ban styles — Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, Round and Meteor — and five colours with a range of lenses including clear, sun, transition and prescription, so you can choose the style that’s right for you.”
In terms of privacy, users will be able to view and delete voice transcripts, and turn off voice storage and/or Facebook Assistant in Settings. Facebook assures that the videos and photos are encrypted on the smart glasses. Additionally, only one Facebook account can be linked to the glasses at a time. If the glasses are lost and someone tries to pair them with a new account and a new phone, the data on the glasses will be deleted automatically.