Sometimes it seems as if we are already living in a weird Sci Fi reality. Facebook has planned to increase this mood with their special glasses designed to augment reality.
The AR glasses are being produced in partnership with Facebook and Rayban and they look like ordinary Raybans with an additional LED light button, plus a slick button on the side. Called Rayban Stories, they can be paired with either IOS or Android and you control them via your phone in the same way as any wearable tech such as the Apple watch.
The glasses come with a smart case that enables you to charge them and keep them protected when you are on the go.
The first generation glasses are already on sale. They cost $299 USD and are available in 20 style choices including Rayban classic frames such as Wayfarers, Aviators and more. They are available in stores and online in the US as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.
So what can you do with the smart glasses?
According to Facebook, they enable you to take pictures from the unique perspective of your eyeline. You can also use them to listen to music and speak to people via the smart built in speakers. The technology accepts Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, and more.
You can also make 30 second videos and share immediately online. In fact you can do most things via the glasses as you could do via a smart phone. Predominantly designed for social media, if you like posting your life online, it makes it fast, easy and hassle free.
You can’t see images through the glasses that are not really there. So you can’t transform your daily commute into a rainforest for example, but undoubtedly this will come.
In addition you can’t use the glasses to play video games and see all the action unfold in front of your eyes. Again we will probably get to this in the future but so far this function is not available.
Rayban Stories were launched on September 9th 2021 and surprisingly there has been very little fanfare. But if you are a fan of wearable technology and you like wearing cool sunglasses, these smart glasses will undoubtedly be top of many people’s Christmas list.
Only time will tell as to whether the smart glasses will really become as popular as smart phones. We think it is unlikely right now but with the move to put everything online and stay connected 100% of the day, it is highly possible that we will all be wearing these in the future.