Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban to give voyeurs an ideal way of recording people without their consent.
The companies launched a new product line called Ray-Ban Stories this week, smart glasses that include integrated cameras to let users easily capture photos and videos hands-free. Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses start at $299 and are available in over 20 variations that include classic Ray-Ban styles such as Wayfarer, Round, and Meteor. They also come in five color combinations.
Ray-Ban Stories’ dual integrated 5MP cameras let you capture life’s moments as they happen from a unique first-person perspective. You can easily record the world as you see it, taking photos and up to 30-second videos using the capture button or hands-free with Facebook Assistant voice commands. A hard-wired capture LED lights up to let people nearby know when you’re taking a photo or video. Streamlined, open-ear speakers are built in, and Ray-Ban Stories’ three-microphone audio array delivers richer voice and sound transmission for calls and videos. Beamforming technology and a background noise suppression algorithm provide for an enhanced calling experience like you’d expect from dedicated headphones.
Ray-Ban Stories pairs with Facebook View, a new app that allows users to share their captures with friends and social media followers on iOS and Android. Facebook says it designed its Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses “with privacy in mind.”