Ray Ban Launches Questionable Facebook Linked Sun Glasses
Questionable social media Company Facebook has jumped into bed with sunglasses Company Ray Ban to sell a new pair of high-tech glasses that could easily be turned into a tracking device.
The Company have not said how much data they will capture from the glasses or whether they can track an owner wearing the glasses.
The move comes as Bose moves to discount out their recent foray into the sunglass audio market following little success in stores.
The left-wing social network showed off the expensive glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories — a direct rival to Snapchat’s offering overnight.
When you initially look at them, they don’t look much different than classic Ray-Bans.
But the plain appearance conceals an array of smart features: dual 5-megapixel camera sensors; embedded Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi to synchronize with a phone; a battery; enough storage for 500 pictures; and speakers. A user can snap a photo by pressing and holding a button on the right side of the glasses or can record video by pressing it once.
They’ll be available for purchase at Ray-Ban stores as well as Sunglass Hut and OPSM stores from September 13 for $449.
The questionable glasses will be available in Australian stores from next week with users to capture first-person videos of up to 30 seconds and photos using its dual cameras, as well as take phone calls and listen to music.
With a broadening backlash against ‘Big Tech’, Companies one has to question why anyone would buy a pair of sunglasses linked with a business such as Facebook who has a record of trying to control political debate while also capturing personal information on people signed up to their social network.
Not only is there a cameras and microphone built in that can capture information the glasses also sit on an IP network when activated.
And while they are designed to look like unassuming normal glasses, they are devoid of AR but do come in20 variants including Wayfarer, Round and Meteor, and a range of lenses including clear, sun, and prescription.
The glasses feature built-in speakers for listening to podcasts and music, as well as a three-microphone audio array for phone calls and recording videos.
The glasses aren’t a stand-alone product, so music and calls are streamed to the glasses from an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth which allows the sunglasses to be tracked.
Facebook is demanding that users with an iPhone or Android device activate an app called Facebook View, which is used to manage and set up the glasses.
When a user takes a photo or video, the media will appear in a section of the app. A user can then choose to download that photo or video to their device for storage and editing.
If Facebook is successful in the sunglass market, it will be able to build out its advertising and messaging business with images sent direct to the lenses in the glasses or via audio to the speakers.
They will be able to do this without having to rely on an operating system from archrivals such as Apple Inc. and Google.
The company’s hardware division also sells Oculus VR headsets and Portal video-chat devices, and it’s planning to add AR features to Oculus products later this year.