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Facebook smart glasses with Ray-Ban branding? Will you buy? Check teaser

The first hint at the upcoming smart glasses are on Ray-Ban’s website, which shows a silhouette of the glasses developed with Facebook, on a rippling red and black background with the numbers “09.09” and “2021” on the left and right lenses.
The first hint at the upcoming smart glasses are on Ray-Ban’s website, which shows a silhouette of the glasses developed with Facebook, on a rippling red and black background with the numbers “09.09” and “2021” on the left and right lenses. (Ray-Ban)

The teaser is out on Facebook smart glasses with Ray-Ban branding. The new pair of smart glasses will be announced on September 9. Here’s what you need to know about the companies’ upcoming product.

Facebook smart glasses are coming and they have a connection with the iconic Ray-Ban company. In fact, Facebook and Ray-Ban are all set to launch a pair of smart glasses on Thursday, with the latter posting promotional information on its website related to the product in the form of a poser with the outline of the smart glasses. The Facebook smart glasses, announced earlier this year, will arrive on September 9 and should feature smart features built into the luxury brand’s glasses. The glasses will be an important part of Facebook Metaverse platform, which will blend physical and virtual spaces.

The first hint at the upcoming smart glasses are on Ray-Ban’s website, which shows a silhouette of the glasses on a rippling red and black background with the numbers “09.09” and “2021” on the left and right lenses as spotted by The Verge. Ray-Ban is also inviting users to sign up to get a release notification, which could indicate that the company plans to announce the glasses tomorrow, or it could even launch the device itself.

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The Facebook smart glasses were expected to launch at the company’s next hardware event as announced by Mark Zuckerberg at the 2021 Q2 earnings call. “Looking ahead here, the next product release will be the launch of our first smart glasses from Ray-Ban in partnership with Essilor Luxottica,” he had stated without announcing a specific date.

According to the report, the company has also been teasing some videos that could be connected to the launch of the Facebook smart glasses, with Ray-Ban. One of the biggest clues is that the videos involve both Zuckerberg and Andrew Bosworth, the head of the company’s VR and AR team. The manner in which the video is captured is also interesting, similar to a GoPro POV style and could be hinting towards possible video capturing capabilities of these glasses. Facebook has previously worked on a prototype of its Project Aria AR smart glasses, so this is not the company’s first attempt at creating smart glasses.

Will you buy these Facebook smart glasses? While previous reports have claimed that users might be able to take calls, watch info on the display and stream their POV to fans, users should temper their expectations as the Facebook smart glasses may not be as advanced as they would like them to be. For example, these smart glasses are unlikely to be able to project images into your field of view, according to the report. This is currently possible on smartphone screens with the help of a camera.

However, whether you decide to buy, or not, will all depend on how pricey they are and what their capabilities are. It will be interesting to see what Facebook and Ray-Ban bring to the table when the glasses launch and how the companies manage to fit in the technology required to use them with AR capabilities into a slim form factor to match the latter’s style.

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