26. October 2021

Facebook’s Ray-Ban sunglasses let you take photos and video hands-free


Facebook has unveiled Ray-Ban Stories, a brand new pair of eyeglasses with audio system, microphones and cameras in-built, designed to let customers take hands-free photos and movies.

The $449 glasses, in-built partnership with eyewear firm EssilorLuxottica and resembling a pair of conventional Ray-Ban Wayfarers, don’t function a show or an web connection, and as a substitute join wirelessly to a person’s telephone.

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories let you take photos or videos without reaching for your phone, and also work like wireless headphones.

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories let you take photos or movies with out reaching in your telephone, and additionally work like wi-fi headphones.

The Stories and their charging case collectively boast a three-day battery life, and sufficient built-in storage to carry 500 photos or 30 half-minute movies. Content may be moved to a smartphone utilizing the brand new Facebook Vision app, however the glasses can’t add to Facebook immediately or be used for livestreaming.

“Ray-Ban Stories is designed to help people live in the moment and stay connected to the people they are with and the people they wish they were with,” mentioned Andrew Bosworth of Facebook Reality Labs in an announcement.

“We’re introducing an entirely new way for people to stay connected to the world around them and truly be present in life’s most important moments, and to look good while doing it.”


Facebook has made it clear that these are a first-generation product and will probably be expanded sooner or later, with the plan to finally make augmented actuality glasses with screens.

The Ray-Ban Stories bear a passing resemblance to the Spectacles produced by Facebook rival Snap. Those launched in 2016 with primary cameras in-built, however have since expanded to change into way more advanced, with the model launched this 12 months that includes AR screens in addition to a number of cameras, microphones and audio system.

But whereas Snap solely offers Spectacles to pick out creators and AR builders, Facebook is promoting Stories on-line to the general public. They’ll even be stocked by OPSM and Sunglass Hut.

To date Facebook’s efforts to develop {hardware} merchandise have been met with skepticism and wariness, largely owing to previous controversies involving the corporate’s assortment and handling of personal data. Users of its Oculus Quest have complained a couple of latest coverage change that makes a Facebook account obligatory, and might imply the VR headset would stop to perform if their account was suspended, for instance.


It’s potential the shortage of web connection on these glasses — and the outstanding mild that comes on when a person is recording or taking footage — are designed to ease privateness issues. But as with Facebook’s Portal smart displays, the corporate will seemingly leverage utilization information from the glasses.

Just like with the Oculus and Portal, customers will be capable to say “Hey Facebook” to work together with the Ray-Ban Stories. But there may be additionally a button for taking photos and movies, and capacitive contact controls on the frames of the glasses to manage music and reply telephone calls.

With Tim Biggs

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