Facebook and Ray-Ban are prodding a declaration around their forthcoming smart glasses on September 9th. Ray-Ban posted a promotional page with a silhouette of a pair of glasses, the date “09.09 2021,” and the text “sign up now to get your release notification” — in spite of the fact that it doesn’t indicate whether that is news about the release or the release itself. Ray-Ban’s homepage additionally guarantees that “this is one story you will need to follow,” conceivably a reference to Facebook Stories.
The declaration corresponds with some obvious teaser videos from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and virtual and augmented reality head Andrew Bosworth. The posts show perspective video clips from Bosworth and Zuckerberg, including Bosworth playing golf and Zuckerberg paddling a boat — every last bit of it apparently intended to feature physically active and all-weather scenarios.
Facebook has called its glasses, created in organization with Ray-Ban parent organization EssilorLuxottica, a stepping stone toward “full augmented reality glasses.” Zuckerberg confirmed in July that the glasses would be Facebook’s next hardware launch, although he didn’t announce a date at that time. He specified that the glasses would “have [Ray-Ban’s] iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things.”
The glasses are part of a bigger Facebook initiative to construct glasses that increase the world visually and aurally. However, they will not have features that are generally connected with AR glasses like the capacity to extend pictures into the environment. Facebook is reasonable likewise saving its neural wristband technology — which it sees as the future of AR interaction — for a later release.