Ray-Ban and Facebook Launch Sunglasses That Let You Take Photos, Play Music and Answer Calls

Ray Ban Stories

Gotta love technology. Yesterday, I was writing about Apple Watch’s new software watchOS 8, set to launch soon, that will be able to show you who’s at your front door, invite you to ‘reflect’ on your life so you can get into a more positive frame of mind and store your car, home, office and even hotel keys on your Wallet.

And today, the latest tech update is just as impressive: Ray-Ban and Facebook have teamed up to create smart glasses (not at all unlike Snap Spectacles) that’ll let you take photos and videos, listen to music and use Facebook Assistant.

And while that’s cool and all, the best bit (in my humble opinion, that is) is this: the tech is all built into the iconic Wayfarer frames. Which is a style that flatters pretty much everyone.

Ray-Ban Stories
Image: Ray-Ban

“[Ray-Ban Stories] is a milestone product that proves consumers don’t have to choose between technology and fashion — they can live in the moment and stay connected while wearing their favourite style of Ray-Bans,” said Rocco Basilico, Chief Wearables Officer at EssilorLuxottica, the parent company of Ray-Ban.

Some key features of the glasses include:

Instant Camera Capture

Instant photo and video of up to 30 seconds, using dual TMP cameras on the front of the frames. Helpfully, a capture LED lights up when the cameras are on and you’re taking a photo or filming a clip.

Built-In Audio

Built-in Bluetooth and microphone let you listen to your favourite media from any app on your phone, as well as take calls.

Facebook Assistant

Use the “Hey Facebook” wake word to take videos and photos hands-free. So you could say “Hey Facebook, take a photo” and it’ll snap one.

Though only just announced this morning in a video shared to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, featuring him and Basilico, Ray-Ban Stories are already available to buy here in Australia at Ray-Ban stores (for the non-lockdown area folks) or online at ray-ban.com, as well as at Sunglass Hut and OPSM. They come in three styles: Wayfarer (Wayfarer L considered a size), Round and Meteor, and are offered in five colours.

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