Last week, Facebook launched its Ray-Ban= branded smart glasses in several online stores in Australia, US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Italy. Facebook calls the smart glasses “Ray-Ban Stories,” as a pair can take photos and record 30-second long videos at the same time with just a single press of a button.
In addition, wearers of “Ray-Ban Stories” can also make calls, play music and listen to their favorite podcasts. This wearable device includes a virtual assistant that can help in taking photos and creating videos, which users can summon by simply calling it out via the phrase “Hey Facebook.”
Can Facebook’s “Ray-Ban Stories” Compete with Other Smart Glasses Already Available in the Market?
Apparently, Facebook’s “Ray-Ban Stories,”still has to prove itself amidst other smart glasses previously released in the wearables market by Internet giants like Google, Amazon and Snap.
As it is, “Ray-Ban Stories,” still has limitations since the wearable gadget requires recharging every six hours inside its charging case. Moreover, it doesn’t have the ability to browse through Facebook. While the average consumer appears not to be too keen about smart glasses, recent reports have it that Apple and Samsung are currently developing AR glasses for their own brand.
Facebook’s “Ray-Ban Stories” are currently being retailed online at a starting price of $299. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, they have plans to improve the features and functions, as well as expand their smart glasses collection by adding AR effects. The goal is to allow users to play with holograms of their friends, as well as experience social media interaction without using their smartphones.