A few years ago it was reported that Facebook would team up with Ray-Ban to develop smart glasses. Those who are wondering about this will be delighted to learn that Facebook’s Ray-Ban data glasses have finally hit the market, although we’re not sure if they can really be called “smart”.
The device, called Ray-Ban Stories, is more like Snaps Spectacles than other smart glasses like Google Glass. It has a built-in camera, microphone and speaker so you can take photos and videos. You can then also upload the captured footage to Facebook View, a new app designed to host images and videos captured with the Ray-Ban Stories.
Facebook acknowledges that there might be some privacy concerns, saying that there is a hard-wired LED light that will come on to indicate that the device is taking photos or videos. There’s also a power button that turns everything off. Facebook also gives users control over what type of data is collected and whether or not they want to share it with the company.
The Ray-Ban Stories also come with their own carrying case that charges them at the same time. According to Facebook, charging via the case should allow a total usage time of around three days. The glasses aren’t that cheap though, starting at $ 299. It will be available in 20 styles and will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK.
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