Social Media giant Facebook collaborated with EssilorLuxottica last year in September to develop smart glasses. As you might already know EssilorLuxottica is the company that owns the famous sunglasses brand Ray-Ban. In less than a year the two pioneers in their respective fields have come up with Ray-Ban Stories: their first generation of smart glasses.
The Ray-Ban Stories can take photos, shoot videos, play music, and take phone calls. With all these features, it can be a strong competitor to Snapchat Spectacles. Here in this article, I have explained all these features in detail and also provided the pricing and availability details.
Right off the bat, the Ray-Ban Stories come up with dual integrated 5 MP cameras to take pictures or record videos for up to 30 seconds. One can click pictures or shoot videos either using the capture button or by Facebook Assistant voice commands. There is an LED light that lights up when someone wearing these glasses takes a photo or video.
Not just dual cameras but Ray-Ban Stories also feature an open-air speaker and three-microphone audio array to provide a high-quality voice for calls and videos. With the use of background noise suppression algorithms and Beamforming technology makers claims improved calling experience comparable to dedicated headphones. But still, these are claims and we have to wait for the real word reviews to see how it performs.
To link the smart glasses with its ecosystem Facebook has built a dedicated Facebook View app for both Android and iOS. The Ray-Ban Stories pairs with the app to share the stories with friends on social media. The Facebook View app lets users import, edit, and share all the content captured on Ray-Ban Stories. One can also save the content on their phone to edit and share as per their convenience.
The Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are built with Privacy in mind. It has a lot of privacy features to provide control to both the owners of these smart glasses and the people surrounding them. One such feature is the presence of an LED light glowing whenever someone takes a picture or video.
Coming to the pricing, Ray-Ban stories being a first-generation product starts at $299 USD. It will be available in 20 different style combinations. All four classic Ray-Ban styles: Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, Round, and Meteor, and five different colors. The range of lenses includes clear, sun, transition, and prescription. There is a plethora of choices available to choose from.
All these combinations will be available to purchase online and in select offline retails stores in the U.S. Other countries where the Ray-Ban Stories will be available are UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Italy. There is no confirmation when it will be available in other global markets like China or India.
For me, it is a great effort from both Facebook and EssilorLuxottica to build a smart glass having so many features in its first generation. I am excited thinking about the improvements upcoming generations of these smart glasses will pick. Anyway, What do you think about Ray-Ban Stories? Drop a comment below to let us know.