As expected, Facebook and Ray-Ban have officially unveiled smart glasses that allow you to take photos and videos. The novelty was named Ray-Ban Stories and will soon go on sale at a price of $ 299.
The glasses are designed with two 5-megapixel cameras designed for photography and video recording. The device syncs with the companion Facebook View app. In the application, the user can edit photos and videos, and also immediately publish them on the Internet, and not only on Facebook sites. All you have to do is press the physical button on the bow of the glasses to start recording, or say, “Hey Facebook, take a video.”
It is especially important that Ray-Ban Stories look and feel like regular glasses. The device has enough memory to store about 30 clips of 30 seconds duration or about 500 photos.
The ability to take photos and videos makes it a sleeker version of the Snapchat Spectacles, which debuted in 2016 and caused a lot of buzz. Ray-Ban Stories glasses do not have displays like the latest version of Spectacles, but a pair of built-in speakers allow you to play sound from your phone via Bluetooth, so you can take calls or listen to something without taking your smartphone out of your pocket. A touch panel is built into the side of the bow, allowing you to control the audio being played.
The design of the glasses provides an indicator that notifies you of the battery charge level, activation of pairing mode, etc. According to the manufacturer, the process of fully charging the battery takes about an hour, and one charge will last for about six hours of periodic use. There is a companion application that displays the battery level in real time. The package includes a case with a built-in battery, the capacity of which is enough to charge the glasses three times. For recharging the case, a USB Type-C interface and a complete cable are provided.
Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses will come in 20 different lenses and frames, including the style of the brand’s classic eyewear. The cost of new items depends on the chosen model and starts at $ 299 for the standard version. At this stage, the glasses will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Italy, Ireland and Australia.