A couple of years ago, it was reported that Facebook would be teaming up with Ray-Ban to develop a pair of smart glasses. For those wondering about it, you’ll be pleased to learn that Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses have finally been launched, although we’re not sure if you could really call them “smart”.
The device, dubbed Ray-Ban Stories, is more similar to Snap’s Spectacles rather than other smart glasses like Google Glass. It comes with a built-in camera and microphone and speakers, so you can take photos and videos. You can also then upload the footage you’ve taken to Facebook View, a new app designed to host pictures and videos captured with the Ray-Ban Stories.
Facebook acknowledges that there might be some privacy concerns and says that there is a hard-wired LED light that turns on to indicate that the device is taking photos or videos. There is also a power button that shuts it all down. Facebook is also giving users control over what kind of data is collected and whether or not they want to share it with the company.
The Ray-Ban Stories will also come with its own carrying case that charges it at the same time. According to Facebook, charging it via the case should give you a total time of about three days of usage. The glasses don’t come that cheap though and is priced starting at $299. It will be available in 20 styles and will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.