Facebook has teamed up with the well-known, classic brand, Ray-Ban to release their first smart glasses next year. It has already been leaked that they will be known as Ray-Ban Stories.
Facebook has said the idea behind the Stories is to help people stay in the moment, while connected with what’s going on around them and to be present for those important moments, without having to get their phones out to take a photograph or video.
The digital glasses include a hidden camera within each wing, allowing for photographs or video to be taken. They have also included open-ear speakers and a “three-microphone audio array to deliver rich voice and sound transmission for calls and videos”. They’re not going to please everyone, but if the idea of listening to a podcast through your sunglasses as you walk to work, then the Stories are for you.
The microphones also allow the glasses to be controlled by voice-control for a hands-free experience. Facebook and Ray-Ban have said, “We believe that this will be the first pair of smart glasses people will truly want to wear.”
Ray-Ban Stories are available in 20 variations, in classic Ray-Ban styles — Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, Round and Meteor — and five colours with a range of lenses including clear, sun, transition and prescription, so you can choose the style that’s right for you.
Facebook has suggested this is a step towards the creation of augmented reality glasses. With a plan to be able to use the glasses to see holograms, follow directions, or play games on the table in front of you or with family and friends, even if they are thousands of miles away. This gives us a clear indication of how technology will develop in the future. In the last 30 years technology has developed massively, who knows where the next 30 years will take us?