The ability to take photos could be a standard feature for glasses within a decade, said Andrew Bosworth of Facebook, who runs the company’s hardware business.
came comments Bosworth After launching Ray-Ban Stories, Facebook collaborated on smart glasses with Luxottica.
Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses can capture photos and videos using small cameras with the push of a button or with a voice command.
Bosworth was speaking in conversation with Rocco Basilico, Chief Wearable Devices Officer at EssilorLuxottica.
And while they are still niche products, smart glasses have come a long way in the technology industry.
Google was the first major technology company to introduce a product, unveiling Google Glass in 2012.
And Google Glass doesn’t seem like regular glasses. The device has no lenses and instead uses a glass prism to reflect AR images in front of the user’s eye. The glasses also included a camera that could take photos and videos.
Google Glass generated a backlash from critics, who were concerned about the invasion of privacy. And raises a Facebook product Similar doubts Some people worry that the device isn’t doing enough to alert people when the camera is in use.
Snap entered the market in 2016 with Spectacles, a plastic set of glasses that includes two cameras marked on either corner of the frames and can take photos and videos.
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Snap announced the fourth version of its Spectacles in May. It features displays with a spectacle lens that casts augmented reality images across the real world from the user’s point of view.
Snap has so far limited the distribution of its latest Spectacles to a select group of social media content creators.
Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories glasses don’t have augmented reality capabilities yet. But the company is working on it for future products.
The company has now installed a camera, speakers, and microphone on many Ray-Ban models. Instead of buying an unfamiliar piece of hardware, consumers can buy an existing product and pay an extra $100 to convert it into smart glasses.
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