Today, the CEO of the American multinational technology conglomerate corporation, Meta, formerly known as Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced the release of the first smart glasses, Ray-Ban Stories, allowing users to send and receive Facebook Messenger messages.
The new Ray-Ban Stories are the first smart glasses jointly developed by Meta and Luxottica, the well-known eyewear brand Ray-Ban’s parent company. It has a similar appearance to regular spectacles.
According to Meta CEO Zuckerberg, users can exchange messages, read messages aloud, and make audio calls using the glasses’ built-in microphone, speaker, and smart assistant.
Meta’s CEO further maintained that the new features are just the starting point; more updates will be rolled out come 2022 and usher bigger updates.
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Recall that on September 9, 2021, the American microblogging giant announced the release of the smart glasses, Ray-Ban Stories, priced at US$299 through its official website.
- FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY
The new Ray-Ban Stories frame features two front cameras with which users may take films and photos and a front camera built within the frame.
Both sides of the frame have a speaker that can be connected via Bluetooth to play the sound from the phone. While wearing the glasses, the user can answer the phone or listen to the material without pulling it out of his or her pocket. The built-in touchpad on the side of the frame can alter the volume and playback settings at the same time.
Ray-Ban Stories may also be synced with a supplementary camera roll application called Facebook View, allowing users to edit clips and share them with other apps besides Meta.
The Ray-Ban Stories can be synced with the app, and there is a raised recording button on the glasses that the user may utilize to shoot video.
Ray-Ban Storie’s glasses have raised buttons on the side and can also be used as wireless headsets, according to Zuckerberg, who also stated that the headset update would be improved. Users can manage the volume and track playing by voice if they don’t wish to utilize the built-in touchpad in the frame.
Speaking about the new Ray-Ban Stories glasses, the Vice President of Meta Augmented and Virtual Reality, Andrew Bosworth, said:
“Meta believes that smart glasses will become the next smart wearable device after mobile phones, which is also part of Meta’s goal of building a meta universe.”
“The well-known eyewear brand Luxottica’s decision to cooperate with Meta may also be a leading offensive move in the upcoming smart glasses boom.”