The French company behind the Rayban brand has launched a range of smart glasses that link to Facebook.
The smart glasses developed by EssilorLuxottica integrate two 5Mpixel cameras with open speaker, three microphone array, touchpad and voice control with a wireless link to a phone into its existing Wayfarer, Round and Meteor designs. With a Snapdragon processor handling audio beamforming technology and a background noise suppression algorithm provide, this adds just 5g to the weight.
The glasses use a charging connector in the carrying case to provide ‘all day’ operation, although the battery size is not specified. The arm hinges double as exposed barrels for docking into the charging case. Facebook Labs created 20 engineering validation tests (EVTs) for each model to standardize the arms of the glasses across the product line, designing the internal components so that they made sense from style to style.
The memory stores up to 300 photos at 2592x1944 or 30 30s video clips at a resolution of 1184x1184px@30fps. The connection is via a Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.1ac WiFi chip. A white LED on the frame lights comes on to indicate the smart glasses are recording.
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The glasses do not add a display, and are similar to the Snapchat glasses launched in 2016. Snap earlier this year bought its UK supplier of waveguide technology for its move into augmented reality (AR) glasses with a built in display.
Facebook already has AR and VR technology through its Occulus division and has been working with microLED developers such as Plessey on displays for AR and VR glasses and headsets.
“This is a milestone product that proves consumers don’t have to choose between technology