Meta announced the next version of its smart glasses in collaboration with Ray-Ban. These smart glasses, known as Ray-Ban Meta, represent a significant evolution in the convergence between fashion and technology.
The Ray-Ban Meta come as successors to the Ray-Ban Stories, launched in September 2021 and which were not successful. At first glance, these glasses look like regular sunglasses and frames, but they hide innovative features under their sleek design. Previous versions incorporated two five-megapixel cameras for capturing still images and videos, as well as speakers and microphones for voice commands.
The new collection of Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses offers a live streaming experience and comes equipped with Meta-integrated artificial intelligence (AI), a higher-quality camera, and improved audio and microphone systems. These smart glasses can be purchased in both sunglasses and prescription form, in two distinct frame styles (Wayfarer and Headliner), and in four different colors, with matte or glossy plastic finish options.
Sales of the Ray-Ban Meta will begin on October 17 in select countries, with a suggested starting price of $299 (approximately 5,300 Mexican pesos). These glasses also include a portable charging case to keep them powered and a companion app called “Meta View” that makes it easy to import and share content. It remains to be seen if the incorporation of AI and the improvements will elevate this product and gain users.
A highlight of the Ray-Ban Meta is its ability to live stream, allowing users to share their experiences in real time from their perspective. In addition, the camera on these glasses can capture high-quality images and immersive videos in 1080p in portrait orientation.
These smart glasses also offer an improved sound experience with open-ear speakers that improve bass response and noise cancellation, as well as five built-in microphones to seamlessly switch between music and phone calls while maintaining full awareness of the environment.
With the combination of style and advanced functionality, the Meta and Ray-Ban Meta from Meta promise to change the way we interact with the world around us, allowing for a truly unique and versatile user experience.