O Facebook announced this Wednesday (16) that it is working in partnership with Ray-Ban to develop smart glasses. The news was presented by the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, at the online event Facebook Connect and did not reveal details about the device’s functions.
According to the company, while the newly announced glasses are not considered augmented reality (AR), they represent a major advance in overall technology research. Accessory testing will also help progress another project for the Facebook, Project Aria, with a dedicated focus on AR.
Project Aria already has a working prototype for research purposes and should have its real-world testing started as early as this month, in collaboration with staff from the Facebook and company associates, with the objective of evaluating privacy situations, video recordings and design.
The prototype confirms the rumors that pointed to the company’s interest in producing the wearable devices with EssilorLuxottica, manufacturer of the Ray-Ban brand, and launching them in 2021.
The version of smart glasses for consumers, simpler and without AR functions, does not yet have technical specifications revealed, but should resemble other known models, such as the Snap Spectacles it’s the Amazon Echo Frames.