Smart glasses are hard to get right. Just ask Google. But Facebook backs itself to build better frames, with the help of Zuckerberg’s buddies at Ray-Ban. Shipped in several classic styles – including the iconic Wayfarers – the new Stories are more Fifties chic than Silicon Valley geek. Weighing just 5g more than a standard pair, the connected specs come equipped with dual 5MP cameras either side of your eyes, for shooting stereoscopic stills or 1184×1184 video at 30fps. Reckon you’ll fly under the radar? An LED alerts subjects that the lenses are looking. Integrated open-ear speakers let you listen without losing yourself, plus a three-mic array means you can call your mates or Facebook Assistant (while onlookers wonder why you’re talking to yourself). There’s also a touch panel along the right temple for easy volume and song control. Squaring off against the Spectacles by Snap, the Stories should make it a cinch to snap and share quick clips to your socials, with the fresh Facebook View app on hand for editing duties. Paired up via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the frames are good for 50 vids when fully charged by the battery-boosting protective case. Available now, the Ray-Ban Stories start at £299.
Luxottica is lending its glasses expertise, but just how quickly will we see the results?