Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses

13. September 2021

  • Facebook launches smart sunglasses that, in addition to two cameras, also have speakers and microphones built into the frame.
  • The American social media group works with eyewear brand Ray-Ban.
  • The smart glasses are initially available in 10 countries around the world

What do you see Facebook smart glasses?

The two cameras are blurred together at the top right and top left above the glasses. 5 megapixels can be recorded with “Ray-Ban Stories,” as Facebook calls the glasses. Recordable video length is limited to 30 seconds. The glasses can store more than 30 short videos, alternatively we can also take 500 photos. Two white LED screens – one on the outside of the glasses and one on the inside – indicate the outside world as well as the owner that the glasses are capturing. On tech @ facebook-website . She says about smart glasses:

“From everyday activities like cycling to special attractions like your favorite music festival, you can capture life’s spontaneous moments from a unique first-person perspective using two built-in 5MP cameras from Ray-Ban Stories.”

Was Hurt “Ray Ban Stories”?

Facebook’s new smart glasses can not only see, but also hear. Three microphones and several small speakers are integrated into the frame of the glasses. Ray-Ban Stories should not only provide the right audio for video recordings, but we should also be able to make phone calls or listen to our music with glasses. The glasses are controlled using the new “Facebook View” app; Users need a Facebook account for this. You can then download movies and photos via the app and distribute them on social media. And when our hands are full, we can start recording the movie using the voice command “Hey Facebook, record a video.” Alternatively, the camera can also be operated with a switch on the frame.

What “pushes” the glasses?

The built-in battery is also supposed to provide the glasses with sufficient power. This is shipped via eyeglass case. It should be able to power the glasses for three days until we have to recharge the case ourselves. To develop and produce its first smart glasses, Facebook is working with Essilor-Luxottica, the Italian parent company of eyewear manufacturer Ray-Ban. Ray-Ban Stories will be offered in about 20 different variants of different designs, and are based on well-known Ray-Ban styles such as the Wayfarer models. The entire technology is so compact that, according to Facebook, it should only add 5 grams of extra weight. Ray Ban Stories is initially available in ten countries such as Great Britain, Canada and Italy. It should cost 329 euros. It is not yet known when Ray-Ban Stories will be launched in Germany.

What does Facebook say about data protection?

“Being able to control your settings and content has been the main concern of people in our user research on wearable technology and privacy.”

This is what Facebook writes In his lines about the new tool. Of course, especially with regard to the video function of the glasses, the group is aware of how highly sensitive the data protection factor is exploding. It confirms that photos and videos are stored in encrypted form, that the glasses can only be connected to one Facebook account and that all data protection settings can be customized and individualized by us. At the same time, the group asserts that it has developed its own data protection guidelines for the use of glasses. They are not only displayed in the application during setup, but also on a special file data protection website sum up. Only the future will show whether these measures are sufficient for users and data protection personnel. So far, all attempts to convince users of smart glasses have failed – see Google Glass or Snapchat Spectacles.

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Stan Shaw

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