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Facebook today launched its first smart glasses, which were created in collaboration with Ray-Ban. The Ray-Ban Stories are priced starting at $299 and come in 20 style combinations.

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Smart glasses might suggest augmented reality capabilities, but Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories are similar to other connected sunglasses on the market and are limited to making phone calls, snapping photos, and listening to music.

The Ray-Ban Stories are equipped with a set of 5-megapixel cameras built into each side of the frame, which can record photos and 30-second videos using a button or hands-free with the Facebook Assistant.

There's a hard-wired LED light that comes on whenever you're taking a photo or a video so other people aren't caught unaware.

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For listening to music, the Ray-Ban Stories have open-ear speakers, and there's a three microphone array for calls. The Ray-Ban Stories have a built-in battery that lasts for up to six hours and a portable charging case, which Facebook claims will provide up to three consecutive days of glasses use, but some reviewers have said that the battery drains quickly if the glasses aren't turned off while not in use.

Facebook's smart glasses work with the Facebook View app, which is designed to allow users to share point of view stories, photos, and more on social media. According to Facebook, the app is designed to make it easy to share content on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, and Snapchat.


The Ray-Ban Stories come in several iconic Ray-Ban styles like Wayfarer, and there are five color options. Lenses include clear, sun, transition, and prescription. There is no Facebook branding on the glasses as the design and distribution has been handled by Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica with Facebook providing internals.

Those interested in purchasing a set of Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories can do so from the Ray-Ban website starting today. The Ray-Ban Stories are also available in some retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Article Link: Facebook Debuts $299 'Ray-Ban Stories' Smart Glasses
 

zubikov

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Didn't snapchat already try this camera glasses concept, and no one ended up buying them?

On another note, FB is clearly using this launch as a foray into mainstream wearable AR glasses. I can see the world of Oculus VR and wearable camera glasses converging somewhere in the middle to make an extremely popular wearable in the future.
 

samlikesmac

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Um…these are already a thing. They’re called Snapchat Spectacles and they’ve been out forever and have different styles, better features, and around the same price. Plus, I actually trust Snapchat a lot more than Facebook.
 

nutmac

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By default, Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses collect data that’s needed to make your glasses work and function, like your battery status to alert you when your battery is low, your email address and password for your Facebook login to verify it’s really you when you log into the Facebook View app, and your WiFi connectivity. You can opt-in to share additional data — which includes things like the number of images you captured or how long you spend taking videos — with Facebook for product development, improvement, and personalization. This setting can be changed at any time.
Facebook can say anything it wants, but their recent past experiences show that they have zero regard for user privacy and for keeping our data safe.

A big fat no.
 
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