Free World - September 15, 2021

What do you reckon? Will you be buying a pair? “An entirely new way for people …


What do you reckon? Will you be buying a pair?

“An entirely new way for people to stay connected to the world around them and truly be present in life’s most important moments,” is how the ‘smart glasses’ are being pitched by Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth.

You can take calls, listen to podcasts, and take images or video, but there is no augmented reality layered on top of the real world. Building true augmented reality is the ultimate goal of Facebook’s Reality Labs division.

The frames are just a few millimetres thicker than a standard pair of Wayfarers, and each wing of the glasses hides a camera, which combine to shoot still images and video of up to 30 seconds with a long or short tap of the device’s only button.

The glasses don’t actually come from Facebook at all. Instead, the company is working with Ray-Ban, on whose classic Wayfarer designs the hardware has been modelled, and the device will be branded as a Ray-Ban product first and foremost.

If the whole thing sounds, and looks, familiar, it’s because the concept bears a heavy resemblance to Snapchat’s Spectacles, now in their third generation.

“We believe that this will be the first pair of smart glasses people will truly want to wear,” says Facebook’s Monisha Perkash.



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