Meta recently announced that it will be rolling out its Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses to four new countries in March or April, depending on the country’s schedule.
The company also added that its smart glasses are only available at select retail stores.
Ray-Ban Stories Meta details and new features
Meta’s Ray-Ban Stories are Meta’s first smart glasses that have been developed in partnership with EssilorLuxotica, an Italian-French designer, producer and distributor of ophthalmic lenses, optical equipment, prescription glasses and sunglasses. , according to the company’s About page.
The company announced Ray-Ban Stories as a new way to capture photos and videos, share adventures, listen to music or take phone calls, through a separate Meta announcement.
The smart glasses have two built-in 5-megapixel cameras for taking photos and recording videos from a first-person perspective. It also has an LED light that lights up to let users know if they are taking a photo or video.
The smart glasses will be able to record up to 60 seconds of video in April after a future update. It is currently capable of recording videos for only 30 seconds.
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Additionally, the Ray-Ban Stories by Meta have built-in, streamlined open-ear speakers and feature a three-way microphone audio array that delivers richer voice and sound transmission for calls and videos.
Noise cancellation algorithms have also been added to the glasses to give users “an enhanced call experience” similar to those provided by dedicated headphones.
As a Meta product, the glasses come bundled with the Facebook View app, which is primarily used to share stories and memories with friends and followers. This app can be connected with other apps on your phone like Instagram, Twitter and TikTok, so you can import photos to edit and share them easily on these apps.
EssilorLuxottica mentioned that the Ray-Ban Stories come in different lenses, which customers can change according to their preferences. Lenses include corrective lenses, polarized lenses, and even Transitions lenses.
These lenses are added to the customer’s choice of frames, such as the Legendary, Retro Round and Meteor. It would also feature four new color combinations for customers to choose from, such as Wayfarer Shiny Black with Brown Transitions and Round Shiny Black with Brown Transitions.
Meanwhile, a separate Meta post mentioned that the glasses are voice-activated, allowing users to issue commands to Ray-Ban Stories via voice commands. Users simply say “Hey Facebook” before giving their command to wake up the smart glasses.
Meta will also add French and Italian to the smart glasses’ recognized languages for a hands-free experience in those languages.
Tech Advisor and The Verge mentioned in their articles that the smart glasses come with an integrated touchpad alongside the frame that lets you change the volume or play and pause audio.
Price and availability of Ray-Ban stories
Meta said in its announcement that its first-ever smart glasses will debut in Spain, Austria and Belgium on March 17, while France will have to wait until April 14 to get theirs.
The smart glasses will be sold in these countries for €329 in select stores only.
The smart glasses were previously only available in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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