Facebook unveils $299 glasses without augmented reality

September 10, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Facebook has taken its first step towards wearable technology as it unveils the glasses made in partnership with Ray-Ban.

Facebook has launched smart glasses line with Ray-Ban called Ray-Ban Stories starting at the price of $299. These glasses do not have augmented reality but allow the users to listen to music, take calls, or capture photos, short videos and share them across Facebook’s service. But Facebook has plans of proceeding forward with Augmented Reality (AR)  as AR is becoming popular and is one of the growing web development trends.

These glasses come in a range of fashionable styles disguising the fact that you could be recording everything you see. 

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How do the glasses work?

The multi-camera hub enables the user to record what they are seeing at any given time, the user simply has to press the button at the top of the left arm, and recording starts. Of course, this is an easy way for users to capture real-time experiences rather than taking out the moment to capture. 

The glasses are quite classy as they include the optional virtual assistant so videos and photos can be captured upon voice commands. The LED light on glasses also shows when the camera is functional to make other people aware when a wearer is taking photos or videos.

Mark Zuckerberg in a video posted on his Facebook page said:

“We’ve believed for a long time that glasses are going to be an important part of building the next computing platform.”

User Privacy:

Facebook has been criticized previously for its handling of user data. But the social media giant says that it would not access the media utilized by its smart glasses customers without their consent.  The company also said that it would not use the photos and videos captured via glasses and gathered in Facebook View app for personalizing the advertisements thus making this experience ads-free for users.

Social media giant Facebook has 2.701 billion monthly active users but to retain its users it keeps on innovating. Facebook earlier in this month of June also launched new eCommerce features to help the online businesses to expand their reach.