Today was supposed to be the day that Ray-Ban and Facebook make their big smart glasses reveal but it seems a leak has beaten them to it. Several images have appeared on Twitter showcasing the new product for the first time, indicating functionality close to Snap’s Spectacles.
Over on the prolific @evleaks Twitter account, a collection of images reveal three designs for the smart glasses all under the banner of Ray-Ban Stories. These offer some classic looking designs including Round, Wayfarer (seen below) and Meteor. There’s even imagery of what customers get in the box, with both companies logos on the front but only Ray-Ban’s on the glasses themselves.
While Facebook has talked about the glasses for a while they’re not going to be full augmented reality (AR) glasses that Project Aria envisions. As you can see from the designs, each model has a pair of cameras built into the frames to record video. Facebook Reality Labs’ Head Andrew “Boz” Bosworth has released several teasing videos this week alongside a sunglasses emoji suggesting the footage recorded has come for the new smart glasses.
Other than that footage, neither Facebook nor Ray-Ban has revealed any specifications for the upcoming models, obviously, all the official announcements will be taking place later today. Hopefully, they’ll include the launch date and price, which probably won’t be cheap considering the Ray-Ban branding.
These Ray-Ban Stories are only the first step for Facebook on the road to fully realised AR glasses but the company is still playing catchup when it comes to consumer products. Earlier this year Snap Inc. revealed its fully AR Spectacles using waveguide displays, whilst company’s like Nreal and Rokid have got products on the market or coming to market respectively.
As further details come to light later today, VRFocus will let you know.