Facebook’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Include Cameras, Speakers, and Privacy Concerns, but no Augmented Reality

Facebook's Ray-Ban smart glasses
Facebook's Ray-Ban smart glasses

In collaboration with eyewear manufacturer Ray-Ban, Facebook has created its first pair of smart glasses. The Facebook and Ray-Ban smart glasses will be called Ray-Ban Stories, and there will be no augmented reality. The smart glasses are limited to taking images and recording 30-second recordings. Additionally, they play music and podcasts and take phone calls. The smart glasses are available for $299 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Australia (roughly Rs 21,975).

The smart glasses were launched to demonstrate Facebook’s commitment to Augmented Reality. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has gotten people enthusiastic about a future in which augmented reality glasses will enable people to play games on their couch or share content on social media without using their cellphones. “Ray-Ban Stories (smart glasses) are a significant step toward a future in which phones will no longer be key to our lives and we will no longer have to choose between communicating with a technology and interacting with the world around us “According to Zuckerberg, in a video broadcast Thursday.

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While the Facebook smart glasses do not have any augmented reality applications, they are a step toward the company’s aim. To the surprise of many aficionados, Facebook’s smart glasses do not allow users to browse the social network, shop, or play games. Additionally, the smart glasses feature a virtual assistant that enables users to take images and movies hands-free just saying “Hey Facebook.”” Ray-Ban Stories users will also need to download a separate Facebook View app in order to share photographs and videos shot on the gadget to other platforms. Facebook is hardly the first business to advertise smart glasses. Google, Snap, and Amazon have all announced the availability of smart glasses. However, the ordinary consumer has ignored them all.

While smart glasses have yet to establish a commercial presence, analysts believe they are a part of an emergent market. According to a Cnet study, annual sales of smart glasses will exceed 22 million units by 2030, according to a report from ImmersivEdge Advisors.

Smart glasses also raise privacy concerns, and Facebook does not have the finest track record when it comes to data security. Additionally, privacy groups have claimed that such gadgets may be used for surveillance purposes.

source: News18


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