Facebook announced its entry into the long-awaited smartglass field on the morning of September 9, US time, and the smartglass “Ray-Ban Stories” in partnership with eyewear giant Essilor Luxottica ) ”Was released.
The smartglass is one of the thinnest products on the market for consumers, allowing users to take pictures and videos with the two built-in 5MP cameras and music with in-frame speakers. You can listen to and receive calls. You need to connect to your iOS or Android device to get full functionality, but users take hundreds of photos and dozens of videos and save them in their smart glasses, then media to Facebook’s new You can transfer to your mobile phone using the app “View”. The twin cameras allow users to add 3D effects to images and videos uploaded to the app.
This lightweight frame comes with a leather hardshell charging case that weighs less than 50g.Battery life is said to be “a full day”, but TechCrunchReview this frameAs a result, it was true.
The user can manipulate the frame with several physical buttons, such as a “capture” button for taking pictures and videos and an on / off switch. In addition, the touch pad on the right temple allows you to adjust the volume by swiping and answer the phone. In addition, the on-board white LED lights up to let people around you know that you are shooting a video.
These glasses are not waterproof or drip-proof.
Choose from three classic Ray-Ban styles, these smart sunglasses come in many color and lens combinations. Ray-Ban Stories also supports prescription lenses. Prices start at $ 299, with polarized and photochromic lens options at a higher price point.
By the way, the smartglass doesn’t have an in-lens display that allows you to see digital AR content, like the latest Spectacles prototype of competing Snap.
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This announcement is significant for Facebook, which announced early details about its partnership with Ray-Ban and its products at the AR / VR developer conference in September 2020. The company suggested that the device was a stepping stone to its AR ambitions and an effort to keep the world’s users aware of the idea of high-tech eyeglasses.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, said in a product launch video: “Ray-Ban Stories is an important step towards a future where the phone is no longer the center of life and you don’t have to choose between interacting with your device or interacting with the world around you.”
Editor’s Note: Initially released in three European countries including North America, Australia and the United Kingdom. The release date in Japan is undecided so far.
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