Only last year, Facebook announced plans to enter the segment of smart wearables with its first pair of smart glasses in partnership with EssilorLuxottica – the makers of Ray-Ban eyewear. The style statement has arrived, and it’s called Ray-Ban Stories. In renowned Wayfarer styles, these smart glasses feature two hidden cameras, allowing you to snap photos and video on the go secretly. Seems ideal for a detective, right? It fits in well with Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for Facebook to become a ‘metaverse,’ and these glasses will come in handy if it ever does. In the current world, the images and video captured with Facebook’s glasses can be shared via a smartphone to TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media services.
In addition to the Wayfarer style, the other varieties of frames offered are Round and Meteor. “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,” said Andrew Bosworth, VP, Facebook Reality Labs. He continued, “EssilorLuxottica has been nothing short of stellar in this partnership, and through their commitment to excellence, we were able to deliver on both style and substance in a way that will redefine the expectations of smart glasses. 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.”
The technical details revealed tell us these glasses depend on dual 5MP cameras and LED lights on the front for picture-perfect images and videos. You can go click-crazy with a simple press of a button or use voice command. The Ray-Ban Stories also features built-in Bluetooth and a 3-microphone audio array, so users can make calls or listen to music. The three styles, Wayfarer, Round, and Meteor, come in five colors and additional lens options for a total of 20 possible variations. Ray-Ban Stories are available at select Ray-Ban stores and website for $299, $329 for the polarized lenses, and $379 for transition and prescription lenses.