Facebook partnered with sunglasses maker RayBan and the pair will officially debut their smart glasses today. Ahead of the launch, pictures of the glasses were leaked online all of which were posted by Evan Blass from @EvLeaks on his Twitter account.
Facebook x Ray-Ban pic.twitter.com/kD5E23Nb5X— Ev (@evleaks) September 9, 2021
The images shared showed three separate models which are called Ray-Ban Stories feature the company’s classic frame and a pair of cameras on each side and a button on the top-right bar of the sunglasses with which a user can operate the cameras.
The leaks show three of Ray-Ban’s classic frame styles including Wayfarer and Round (above), along with Meteor (below). They’re plastered with Ray-Ban’s logo, but there’s no sign of any Facebook branding except on the box. Other items shown are a case, protection bag, charging cable, reference guide, and warranty.
Back in July, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that “the glasses have their iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things.” As it stands now, they appear to be merely camera-equipped glasses, much like models from Snap — and in the meantime, Snap has moved on to augmented reality (AR) versions. However, Zuckerberg said the Ray-Ban models are part of a “journey towards full augmented reality glasses in the future.”
Facebook has been one of the leading champions on the AR/VR front with the acquisition of big tech brands like Oculus. As it stands, we don’t know too much about the capabilities of the Facebook-RayBan smart glasses until the launch later today.