😎 As of yesterday, you can purchase the latest Ray-Ban (called Stories) in 6 countries : US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and UK.
👓 They allow you to take a picture, shoot a video, answer a call or listen to music or podcasts. Connected to your phone through an app, their claim is to allow you to enjoy the moment without taking your phone out of your pocket or bag. And incidentally keep your hands free, since they work by voice.
ⓕ Just say “Hey Facebook
.” The metaverse
🇫🇷 is coming, and it starts with almost ordinary glasses that can easily go unnoticed.
🧐 Facebook apparently got it right
, and the glasses are real Ray-Ban
, based on the Wayfarer
model slightly modified to include all the necessary embedded tech. Obviously, on the Aviator model, it wouldn’t fit
… The Facebook brand
doesn’t appear anywhere on the product (the mobile app to connect them, on the other hand, is called Facebook View
, so it’s not hidden either).
😠 But I’m still bothered by the potential misuse.
🥸 Technically, a little light comes on the mount to warn people around you that you’re taking a picture or filming. But it’s probably not obvious to people around that you’re shooting. Admittedly, these are sunglasses, and wearing them in certain situations is suspicious or at least questionable. But that’s not enough either.
📲 It seems the glasses are not even that smart. They are only connected to the app to dump photos and videos, and are unable for example to provide the location or other classic meta-data of our smartphone cameras. A way to coax us to gradually raise the water temperature?
🥽 Others have failed
in this market (Google
, among others
) but Facebook seems to have learned some lessons from their experience: the Stories (sic) are affordable
($299) and beautiful
(one of Ray-Ban’s most popular designs).
🤩 Another connected glasses initiative
🇫🇷 has gone almost unnoticed: they detect falls
and allow their wearer to warn also in case of faintness
without fall. A real usefulness for the autonomy
of people, right?