Facebook and Ray-Ban are working on new data glasses. The duo will announce their first smart glasses later in the day; However, a leaker gave us an early glimpse of what the new glasses will look like. It’s quite a spectacle.
The glasses were leaked by Evan “Evleaks” Blass, who posted lots of pictures on Twitter. The glasses should be called Ray-Ban Stories and have nothing to do with Facebook. The Facebook branding only appears on the front of the box, underscoring the collaboration and partnership between the two companies.
The pictures also include three different frame designs called Wayfarer, Round and Meteor. The style itself comes very close to classic Ray-Ban glasses. The new smart glasses have two cameras installed on either side of the frame, and there is a button on the right arm that the user can use to capture important moments.
Facebook x Ray-Ban Snapchat spectacle
If you put the design side by side with Snapchat Spectacles, you can see how many similarities there are between the two glasses. Granted, Snapchats Spectacles never really caught on; It was a niche product that was available in limited quantities, and the app was notoriously bad and offered a terrible experience on Android.
The glasses have no screens or AR functionality; However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the glasses would “do some pretty nice things”. We don’t know what that could mean as we haven’t seen any information about the new devices before. Zuckerberg previously mentioned that he would like the company “headed for full augmented reality glasses in the future,” suggesting that more advanced AR technology and glasses are currently in development (via TheVerge).
If you put the design side by side with Snapchat Spectacles, you can see how many similarities there are between the two glasses. Granted, Snapchats Spectacles never really caught on; It was a niche product that was available in limited quantities, and the app was known for how poor its user interface and experience was on Android.
What do you think of the collaboration between Facebook and Ray-Ban? Interested in buying one as it can potentially do some pretty cool things, or are you sticking with traditional sunglasses? Let us know in the comments below!
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