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The New Smart Glasses from Facebook & Ray-Ban

Sept. 29, 2021

Google Glass never took off with consumers, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook from giving its own take on smart glasses a try, according to a recent report by Mike Isaac in The New York Times.

Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban for the launch of the new glasses, Ray-Ban Stories. The glasses can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play music and podcasts, Isaac writes. They start at $299 and come in more than 20 styles.

“The spectacles require a Facebook account. They are also paired with a smartphone app, Facebook View. After recording videos — the glasses can record up to 35 30-second videos or take 500 photos — people can upload their content wirelessly to the app, where the photos are encrypted,” Isaac explains. “From Facebook View, people can share the content to their social networks or messaging apps, as well as save photos directly to their phone’s on-device storage outside the Facebook app.”

The goal from a Facebook user perspective is to seamlessly capture a memory. “We asked ourselves, how do we build a product that helps people actually be in the moment they’re in?” Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook Reality Labs, told Isaacs in an interview. “Isn’t that better than having to take out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment?”

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