The glasses are dubbed Ray-Ban Stories and are equipped with two front 5-megapixel cameras that allow you to shoot videos and take photos. The glasses' indicator will light up once the camera is turned on to let the people around you know that you are recording a video or taking a picture.
The smart glasses feature a Snapdragon processor but are just 5 grams heavier than the original Ray-Ban Wayfarer glasses. With Ray-Ban Stories, you can take 500 photos or record 30 videos that last up to 30 seconds hands-free using voice commands for Facebook Assistant or using the capture button. The glasses' battery lasts for 6 hours of use, and it will take about an hour to fully charge it.
Ray-Ban Stories have microphones and speakers, so you can play audio from your smartphone via Bluetooth to answer calls, listen to podcasts or music. Using a touch panel on the side of the frame, you can move on to the next track you're listening to, pause it, or adjust the volume.
The smart glasses also sync with Facebook View app, where you can edit videos and photos.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said that more advanced augmented reality glasses are now being developed.
The smart glasses will be sold at $299 in 20 available frame and lens style combinations. Three models – Round, Meteor, Wayfarer/Wayfarer Large – will have five colors to choose from and lenses including sun, clear, transition, and prescription. The set also includes a charging case enough for three days of glasses use, and a USB-C cable for charging the case.
Ray-Ban Stories can now be bought online and in select stores in the USA, the UK, Italy, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. The companies did not specify when the novelty would enter the market in other countries.