announced Facebook for its smart looks called Ray-Ban Stories, which it developed in collaboration with the brand Ray-Ban.
The glasses can be had for $299 anywhere Ray-Ban sunglasses are sold, and the frames feature two front cameras for capturing video and photos.
It syncs with the companion camera roll app called Facebook View, where clips can be edited and shared with other apps on your phone.
There is a physical button on the glasses for recording, or you can use voice commands to control the recording hands-free.
And with its basic ability to take photos and videos, Ray-Ban Stories are essentially a sleeker version of Spectacles, which debuted in 2016.
These glasses do not have screens in the lenses. However, the speakers on either side of the frame can play audio from your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to take a call or listen to a podcast without pulling out your phone.
And a touchpad built into the side of the frame lets you change the volume or play and pause what you hear.
Ray-Ban Stories is the first product in a multi-year partnership between Facebook and the European eyewear group EssilorLuxottica, the parent company of the Ray Ban brand.
And while they are limited in what they can do, Ray-Ban Stories are the most natural looking smart glasses.
The two companies also see it as a step towards more advanced augmented reality glasses that overlay graphics in the real world.
The dual 5-megapixel cameras can capture just over thirty 30-second videos or nearly 500 photos before the device’s memory fills up.
And the physical button at the top right of the frame lets you pick up manually if you’d prefer not to use the alert phrase.
Facebook says its voice assistant only listens to the phrase when it’s turned on and that its job is to start recordings.
The light on the inside of the glasses gives you a set of information: green for a full charge, orange for a low battery, blue for pairing mode, red for dead battery, and white for pickup error.
A separate front white light is illuminated next to the right camera when the glasses are recording.
Facebook says the glasses take about an hour to fully charge and the battery lasts about six hours with intermittent use.
The Companion View app displays a live battery reading when the glasses are paired.
Facebook announces Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses
The carrying case that comes with the glasses is durable, with a leather-like material and a built-in charger that can recharge the battery three times. And the case itself is charged via the USB-C cable that comes in the box.
The sound does not seem directed specifically to the wearer’s ears, which is easy to hear when you are standing next to someone wearing glasses.
Also, the cameras in glasses are not as good as the cameras in modern smartphones. Instead, the glasses are meant to be used for moments when your hands are busy or you want to pick up something fleeting.
in spite of section A recent teaser video posted by the Facebook CEO shows him in the ocean wearing them, but the glasses are not designed to get wet.
The app requires a Facebook account to use it. But the company does not analyze what you log and save in the app to personalize ads for you.
There are three main frame styles: Wayfarer, Round and Meteor. In total, there are 20 combinations of styles, colors, sizes and types of lenses.
They are initially sold online and in stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland and Australia.
These glasses are not a Facebook-branded product, such as the Oculus VR headset or a range of video calling devices.
Facebook provides the technology and software that powers the glasses, while Ray-Ban designs and sells them.
Facebook has more than 10,000 people making devices for consumers, including a smartwatch that plans to help control its augmented reality glasses, which are internally called Orion.