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Facebook unveils Ray-Ban ‘sensible glasses’ that take movies, play music

Facebook on Thursday launched its long-awaited Ray-Ban Stories sensible glasses that let customers snap photographs and movies, hearken to music and take cellphone calls.

The high-tech specs, which have been inbuilt partnership with France-based Ray-Ban mum or dad company EssilorLuxottica, begin at $299 and can be found for buy on-line and in shops within the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK, Facebook mentioned.

Users can take photographs and as much as 30-second movies by means of the sensible glasses with voice instructions or by urgent a button on the proper facet of the glasses.

An LED gentle flashes to let individuals know when a photograph or video is being taken. 

The glasses additionally function Bluetooth, small audio system and a built-in microphone — so wearers can pair the futuristic frames with their smartphone and hearken to music or take cellphone calls.

A brand new Facebook View app will permit customers to avoid wasting content material on their cellphone or share it on social media. 

The sensible glasses can be found in 20 combos, together with traditional Ray-Ban kinds like Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, Round and Meteor.

It’s additionally accessible in 5 colours and a variety of lenses together with clear, solar, transition and prescription.

A brand new Facebook View app will permit customers to avoid wasting content material on their cellphone or share it on social media. 
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Paris-listed shares of EssilorLuxottica have been final seen buying and selling 0.4 % increased at about $170 per share, an all-time excessive. Facebook stock was up barely in mid-day buying and selling.

It’s the most recent instance of Facebook rolling out its personal {hardware} because the social media company appears to be like to broaden. It may additionally function a step towards Mark Zuckerberg’s imaginative and prescient of a so-called Metaverse that would depend on individuals carrying gadgets.

“You can kind of think about this as an embodied Internet that you’re inside of rather than just looking at,” Zuckerberg has mentioned of the Metaverse. “We believe that this is going to be the successor to the mobile Internet.”

“The defining quality of the metaverse is presence, which is this feeling that you’re really there with another person or in another place,” he added.

The sensible glasses can be found in 20 combos, together with traditional Ray-Ban kinds like Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large, Round and Meteor.
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“Creation, avatars, and digital objects are going to be central to how we express ourselves, and this is going to lead to entirely new experiences and economic opportunities.”

Facebook isn’t the primary to launch social media-connected glasses. Snapchat launched its first Spectacles gadgets in 2016 and Google launched its Google Glass gadgets three years earlier, in 2013.