Facebook just got in the smart glasses business and it did it with the most notable name in glass wear history – Ray-Ban.
The Ray-Ban Stories are $299 sunglasses with two 5MP cameras, a touchpad on the temple, built-in speakers, three microphones and a charging case.
Coming in classic Ray-Ban styles like Wayfarer, Meteor and Round and in additional combinations of frame and glass colors, these smart glasses take on Snapchat’s Spectacles, which are now in their third generation.
The Ray-Ban Stories have two 5MP cameras that can snap both photos and up to 30 second videos. There’s built-in storage for 500+ photos and around 30 videos. The triple mic array uses beam-forming technology and noise cancellation to provide good voice recording during video recording.
The sunglasses support computational photography, HDR, low light fusion (Night Mode), video stabilization and denoising to pamper up your photos and videos.
These are stored on the new Facebook View app, which can edit them and send them off to your social app of choice – Instagram, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and more.
The charging case tops up the sunglasses and provides up to three days of use. Typical with Ray-Ban glasses you get a case, a cleaning cloth, cloth bag and a USB cable.
The Ray-Ban Stories are now available for purchase online and in select retail stores in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK, priced $299.