Facebook is ready to launch a new pair of connected glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban. The latter has published a teaser on its US site, which confirms that the product will be announced on September 9. Ray-Ban is a brand of luxury sunglasses and eyewear.
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the launch of the glasses and his partnership with this brand during the Facebook second quarter 2021 earnings call. “In the future, the next release of the product will be the launch of our first smart glasses from Ray-Ban in partnership with Essilor Luxottica “, he declared.
Zuckerberg hadn’t revealed much about the characteristics of smart glasses. But, he revealed that the glasses will have Ray-Ban’s “iconic form factor” and allow users to “do things pretty neat”, although he hasn’t developed those “neat” features.
“I am delighted to put them in people’s hands and to continue advancing towards augmented reality glasses in the future,” he said on the call.
The company is likely to launch its own Snapchat Spectacles-type device. If previous reports are to be believed, the glasses will not have a built-in screen but may offer support for a digital voice assistant.
Facebook’s next smart glasses would work by pairing them with a smartphone. This suggests that the glasses could function as Snap glasses or Amazon Echo frames. Some reports claim that the device will allow users to take calls and that it has a small screen that will display certain information.
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