Ray-Ban And Facebook Pair Up To Produce Glasses Of The Future
Almost all the tech giants from Google to Apple or even Facebook are busy running in a race to try and be the first one's to develop the world’s primary AR device, disguised as wearable optical accessories - and it looks like Facebook is in the lead!
The social networking website has been working towards developing a seamless AR experience for quite some time now and have been open about their explorations to the general public, releasing data about projects such as their Brain Interface venture and pretty much everything else happening at Oculus.
Recently during the all-virtual Facebook connect conference the multi-billion dollar corporation announced that their first pair of consumer-ready smart glasses would be rolling out next year. Partnering with Ray-Ban’s parent company Luxottica to develop the frames for these smart glasses, Facebook even released a video teasing this upcoming collaboration.
Combining futuristic technology along with a classic eyewear style, although the exact features and name of the product have not yet been revealed, Facebook made it clear that the glasses will not be classified as an AR product. In fact, these consumer smart glasses will be a step towards developing their dream AR technology, which has been labeled as project Aria.
Andrew Bosworth, Vice President - Reality Labs Division, Facebook
The company also announced that it has started testing the Aria prototype with the help of Facebook employees as well as some contractors and according to Andrew Bosworth these glasses won’t have any kind of AR tech but will allow the user to capture pictures, audio, video and also have some eye-tracking features.
The development in the wearable tech industry has been significant in the past couple of years and we can't wait to see what this Facebook and Ray-Ban collab has in store for us. Stay tuned to this space for all further information.