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Facebook Is Launching a Range Of Wearable Tech

Sun Aug 01 2021

Social Media giant Facebook has teamed up with Ray-ban to launch a set of smart glasses

Last week Facebook announced a surprising hardware launch in conjunction with Ray-Ban owner Essilor Luxottica, for a pair of smart glasses.

 

Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement during FB’s 2021 Q2 earnings call, where he said the glasses would have the "iconic form factor" of Ray-Ban but allow users to "do some pretty neat things".

Although Facebook’s CEO didn’t go as far as revealing what these ‘neat things’ would be, Zuckerberg did confirm he was "excited to get these into people's hands and to continue to make progress on the journey towards full augmented reality glasses in the future".

Unfortunately, he also didn’t reveal any technical specs or capabilities for the smart glasses, or even a timeline for their release.

 

There have been rumours flying for a while now that Facebook were developing smart glasses, and Zuckerberg’s keynote speech in which he discussed creating a virtual ‘metaverse’ and a set of augmented and virtual reality (VR) technologies to allow users to interact in a 3D virtual world seem to indicate the direction he’s currently taking the company.

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So what is the metaverse? It's a virtual environment [like] an embodied Internet that you're inside of rather than just looking at. And we believe that this is going to be the successor to the mobile internet. In the coming years, I expect people will transition from seeing us primarily as a social media company to seeing us as a metaverse company.

Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook

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He went on to describe Facebooks metaverse as the next chapter of the internet but warned it would take significant investment, not only from Facebook but also from its entire ecosystem of partners.

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