Meta’s connected glasses, the Ray-Ban Stories, arrive in France in April

Meta's connected glasses, the Ray-Ban Stories, arrive in France in April

Ray-Ban Stories connected glasses, the result of a partnership between Meta and EssilorLuxottica, are coming to France. The two companies announce this March 17, 2022 a marketing in France from April 14 at a price of 329 euros. They are also now available in Austria, Belgium and Spain.

As a reminder, the Ray-Ban Stories are equipped with two 5 megapixel cameras that allow you to quickly capture photos and videos from the user’s point of view, like the Snap Shows. Their strong point is their style, since they look like classic Ray-Bans. They work with a smartphone and have microphones and speakers that allow you to make calls, listen to music or use voice commands. They were released last September in the United States, Canada, Italy and a few other countries.

New models and extended features
The functionality of the glasses is going to be improved a bit. Video capture, so far limited to 30-second recordings, will be extended to one minute in April. Voice commands will also be available in French and Italian. Same thing for the application accompanying the glasses, called Facebook View, which will be translated into French, Spanish, Dutch and German. It is used to import, modify and share captured visuals.

Meta has also added the ability to send voice messages to Messenger and listen to the ones we receive, and the glasses will soon be able to emit sound notifications to alert if the battery is low or the storage space is low. almost full. Finally, four new choices of colors and lenses are planned (still for April), bringing the choice to a total of 28 different models.

The thorny issue of privacy
Note that Meta tries to take care of the aspects relating to respect for privacy with these glasses, which could be used to film someone without their knowledge. A white LED indicator lights up when the capture is activated, and the company announces that it will carry out a marketing campaign to inform people about this type of device, and that it will insist on good practices to be observed with its users.

All this is part of a long-term effort to prepare for the arrival of real augmented reality glasses, which by nature will require you to “see” and “hear” a lot of things to work properly. We remember the almost hysterical reception of Google Glass in the United States, in particular because some users had filmed people without their consent in public spaces. To ensure the success of these devices and “ambient computing” in general, Meta will therefore have to prove to as many people as possible that its advantages far outweigh its potential disadvantages.

Julien Bergounhoux



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