Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook profile that Meta is launching new accessories for Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. So, from now on, you will be able to make calls with them, listen and send messages over WhatsApp. It will also be possible to send a direct reply via Messenger or WhatsApp using your voice.
“Today we’re launching more hands-free add-ons for Ray-Ban Stories. Now you can make calls, hear software-read messages on WhatsApp. Soon you will also be able to directly reply to Messenger or WhatsApp messages using voice commands.”Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page.
Ray-Ban Stories are AR smart glasses developed by Meta in collaboration with EssilorLuxottica. The glasses contain two cameras, a speaker, a microphone, a touchscreen; and all this is embedded in the frame of the glasses. Of the two cameras that are embedded in the glasses, one serves to take pictures and the other to record video. Glasses can be connected to a cell phone via bluetooth. They use the microphone and speaker to control the Facebook Assistant program, which is controlled by voice. In order to record a short video, it is necessary to touch the touchscreen located on the right temple. In order to take a photo, you need instead of touching, to briefly hold your finger pressed to the screen. The glasses come with a USB-C charging slot and a 3-hour battery life.
A few months ago, a Meta store was opened where customers will have the opportunity to test Meta’s growing line of smart hardware devices, including the Quest 2 virtual reality hedset, Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses and video calling device Portal. The company will also sell some of the devices directly in the store. Meta also sees its hardware investment as an opportunity to diversify its business model at a time when it faces several threats in the market, including new rules imposed by Apple that aim to limit the social media giant’s ability to collect information about iPhone users to target them with advertising campaigns. If Meta sells its own hardware devices, it won’t have to rely on other companies to put its services in the hands of users.