Updated: September 9, 2021 5:59:45 pm
Facebook and Ray-Ban are set to announce the launch of their smart glasses today(September 9). Before the release, tipster Evan Blass known as Evleaks has posted alleged photos of the device on Twitter.
The glasses are called Ray-Ban Stories, according to the leak. The images showcase three separate models of the lineup which seem to sport the company’s classic frames and a pair of cameras on each side. The glasses also seem to have a button on the top right, possibly used to operate the cameras. They do look very similar to Snap’s Spectacles, and given how Facebook has in the past copied Snapchat’s core product features, the similarity in look and design is not surprising to see.
The post showcases three of Ray-Ban’s iconic frame styles including Wayfarer and Round, along with Meteor (below). The glasses sport the Ray-Ban logo, but there does not seem to be any Facebook branding except on the box. Other items that can see include a case, protection bag, charging cable, reference guide, and warranty.
— Ev (@evleaks) September 9, 2021
To recall, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had stated earlier in July that “the glasses have their iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things.”
Facebook has its Project Aria, which was announced in September 2020 and is focused on wearable AR for the future. The company had said at the time of announcing this project that the aim is to build smart glasses, which are “flexible enough to work for most face shapes and sizes,” with software that will support them. But it admitted that building the kind of AR glasses it has envisioned will take some time given the limitations of technology.
For now, all we know is that the glasses will let users do ‘some pretty neat things’, which does not really reveal much. As the leak shows, the smart glasses will have a camera feature, and most of the features should revolve around this aspect. We will have to wait and see just what all capabilities Facebook adds to its glasses.