After years of speculations, Facebook has finally joined the smart glasses game. What’s interesting is, it teamed up with one of the most popular brand in the eyewear industry, Ray-Ban.
The product is called Ray-Ban Stories. Just by the name itself, you can already tell what it is and what it is for.
It features the classic Wayfarer design, which is also available in Meteor, Round, and other combinations of frames and class colors.
So, what makes it smart? It’s rigged with two 5-megapixel cameras on each side, three microphones, built-in speakers, and a touchpad for controls. It then charges via the included case.
As the name suggests, it lets you take photos and up to 30-second videos instantly by pressing the button on the temple. The built-in storage can accommodate more than 500 photos and about 30 videos.
The glasses can do computational photography, which should churn out better images than what you’d expect from a 5-megapixel sensor. Plus, HDR, low light fusion a.k.a night mode, video stabilization, and denoising. The three microphones have beam-forming technology and noise cancellation.
A good hardware is nothing without usable software. That’s where the Facebook View app comes in, which lets you edit the media taken from the glasses directly and share them instantly to any social media app you want.
It comes with a special Ray-Ban x Facebook case, a cleaning cloth, USB cable, and a charging case that can provide up to three days of use.
The Ray-Ban Stories has a price of USD299 (around Php14,900) and is now available in the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.