Facebook, In partnership with EssilorLuxottica, is introducing the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. It looks like ordinary eyewear but it is a smart glasses with built-in cameras and speakers.
Unfortunately, even though it is labeled as smart glasses, it does not have Augmented Reality or any on-screen projection. There is no overlay of information on the glasses. Simply put, it is eyewear with cameras and speakers (with Facebook Assistant) that you can use to snap videos/pictures, listen to music, or answering a phone call.
The Ray-Ban Stories has dual integrated 5MP cameras that let you capture photos or videos from a first-person perspective. You can record up to 30-second videos using the capture button or hands-free with Facebook Assistant voice commands. LED will light up to let people know when you’re taking a photo or video. Open-ear speakers are built-in, and It has a three-microphone audio array. Check out the introductory video.
If you are thinking you might have heard of a similar product, I believe you are referring to Spectacles from SnapChat. If you need more information on the Ray-Ban Stories eyewear, you can watch a 9-minutes video with Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, explaining in detail the partnership and the product.
Not sure about the actual storage, based on the information, it is able to capture 500 photos or 30 videos on it. Here is the resolution of the image and video.
- Image: 2592 x 1944 pixels
- Video: 1184 x 1184 @30fps
The Ray-Ban Stories start at USD299 USD and will be available for purchase in 20 style combinations (Wayfarer, Round, Meteor) online and in select retail stores in the US, as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the UK. Unfortunately, it is not available in Singapore.
Here are the specs of the Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer version.