The smart glasses are currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Australia for $299 each (roughly Rs 21,975). Facebook’s investment on Augmented Reality was demonstrated with the debut of the smart glasses.
Facebook has released its first set of smart glasses in partnership with the eyewear company Ray-Ban. Ray-Ban Stories is the name of the Facebook and Ray-Ban smart glasses, and there is no augmented reality. Smart glasses can only take pictures and record videos for 30 seconds at a time. They also listen to music, podcasts, and talk on the phone. The smart glasses are currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Australia for $299 each (roughly Rs 21,975). Facebook’s investment on Augmented Reality was demonstrated with the debut of the smart glasses.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has sparked interest in a future in which augmented reality glasses would allow people to play games on their sofas or post to social media without having to use their phones. In a video aired on Thursday, Zuckerberg remarked that Ray-Ban stories (smart glasses) are an important step toward a future where phones are no longer central to our lives. Users will not have to choose between connecting with their surroundings and conversing with their gadget.
While the Facebook smart glasses do not have any augmented reality capabilities, they do help the company move closer to its goal. Many Facebook fans were unhappy to hear that the smart glasses could not be used to browse Facebook, shop, or play games. The smart glasses also include a virtual assistant that allows users to shoot hands-free photos and videos by merely saying, “Hey Facebook.”
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Users of Ray-Ban Stories will also need to download a separate Facebook View app in order to share photographs and videos captured on the device to other platforms. Facebook is far from the first company to promote smart glasses.
The average consumer, on the other hand, has paid no attention to any of them. Despite the fact that smart glasses have yet to find popularity in the business world, analysts believe they are part of a growing sector. According to a Cnet story, annual sales of smart glasses will top 22 million units by 2030, according to research from ImmersivEdge Advisors. Smart glasses bring privacy concerns, and Facebook does not have a good track record when it comes to data security. Privacy advocates have also warned that such devices may be used to eavesdrop on individuals.