Facebook and Ray-Ban announced the first fruit of their alliance, smart glasses that, among other things, take photographs and videoBut the anticipated augmented reality glasses will have to wait.
The giant of social networks and the sunglasses manufacturer have been working together on several projects since 2019, according to media reports, and Facebook’s CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the collaboration in July this year.
The announcement, however, is far from the great objective that the social network company has between eyebrows: augmented reality glasses to “print” useful and entertaining information on the look of the wearer, something that will still have to wait.
For the moment, Facebook revealed in an entry on his corporate blog those baptized as “Ray-Ban stories“(Ray-Ban stories), which are priced at $ 299 and are for sale online and in physical stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Italy.
The glasses have a classic design of Ray-Ban that hides their smart capabilities (it is easy to confuse them with conventional sunglasses), but they have two five-megapixel cameras hidden side and side next to which a small white light turns on when they are recording images.
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The videos and photos that are registered will be sent to a mobile application called “Facebook View”, where they can be edited and shared with other applications on the phone.
“With Ray-Ban Stories you can take photos and videos, listen to music or podcasts, or answer calls without ever taking your phone out of your pocket, “Zuckerberg explained in a promotional video.
For the audio functions, the glasses are equipped with two speakers on the side and side of the frame, which are controlled from a touch panel with which to raise or lower the volume and pause or activate the playback of music and radio from Bluetooth.
In addition, an integrated microphone also allows all functions to be performed by voice commands, such as “Hey Facebook, take a video” If you don’t want to use the manual button to activate the recording.
Glasses Facebook and Ray-Ban they come in twenty different models and colors.
Despite being the first time Facebook delves into the concept of smart glasses, this is nothing new and has already existed on the market since Google released its model Google Glass under enormous anticipation in 2014.
Despite all the publicity and media coverage they received, Google’s glasses were a huge failure, they barely achieved market penetration and in 2015 the internet search company stopped manufacturing the model it had designed as a prototype.
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In recent years, new versions of the Google Glass They have been used by medical professionals and researchers in hospitals to help in the analysis of patients, but the vision remains that these devices would be the new mobiles, ubiquitous and a necessity for almost everyone.
In addition to Google, the social network Snapchat, a competitor of Facebook, also released its own model of smart glasses in 2016, which were christened “Spectacles“, but as in the case of the search engine, the product was a resounding failure.
Apart from the glasses developed together with Ray-Ban, Facebook has already had another product on the market for a long time to cover the eyes, although very different from smart glasses: the virtual reality device Oculus Quest, which transports those who use it to a completely digital universe.