Facebook’s first “smart” glasses were designed in partnership with the eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica, also owner of Ray-Ban. While glasses are meant for content creation, they do raise privacy concerns.
Facebook believes the future of online socialization will include high-tech computers imagined by science fiction writers. However, when it comes to “smart glasses”, the company has not yet reached the desired position.
The social media company on Thursday unveiled a pair of $ 300 glasses, produced in partnership with eyewear company EssilorLuxottica, that allow users to take photos and videos from their point of view. Without a nice screen or integrated 5G connectivity, the glasses are inspired by the famous Wayfarer model and only have a pair of cameras, a microphone and a few speakers.
Facebook argues that carrying small computers with cameras on our faces while interacting with the world and the people around us can be fun and take us one step further into the meta-universe. But devices like this also raise serious questions about your privacy and that of those around you. It is also a reflection of the ubiquity of Facebook in our lives, as if it wasn’t enough to have it on our phones, computers and living rooms.
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Facebook isn’t the only tech company passionate about smart glasses. Many early experiments in this area have failed. Google started selling the first versions of glass glasses in 2013, but is now only used as a tool for businesses and software developers after the product quickly failed in the consumer market. Snap, which started selling Camera Shows in 2016, must have lost around $ 40 million due to its unsold inventory. (In fact, later models performed better.) Over the past couple of years, Bose and Amazon have each entered the market with their own bezels that use built-in speakers to play music and podcasts. Compared to these, Facebook’s first attempt at consumer-ready smart glasses doesn’t look so new.
Tech Writer Chris Velazco reviews the glasses
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Chris Velazco, technology editor of the Washington Post, began his review for the newspaper with the following lines:
“I have spent the last few days in New York wearing the Facebook glasses. The most striking thing I noticed about these glasses Following they weren’t smart.
If you see them on the street, chances are you don’t realize that they are smart glasses. Buyers will be able to pay extra for different styles of frames and even prescription lenses, but the glasses I spent my last week with generally looked like standard Ray-Ban sunglasses.
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I have to give credit to Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, they also look like standard sunglasses. The handles are much thicker than usual to accommodate all of the sensors and components inside, but they never felt bulky or uncomfortable. Best of all, it’s only a few grams heavier than any Wayfarer you already own.
The big idea of Facebook with this product is that by putting a device that takes photos, videos and plays music on your face, you can focus on living more memories instead of spending less time with your phone. . But, ironically, these glasses aren’t very good for any of these activities.
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For example, 5 megapixel cameras near each glass. They can take decent photos when you’re out in the middle of the day, but they’re weak compared to the 12-megapixel photos that many mainstream smartphones can take. The same can be said for the video quality. The videos you get are generally good enough to upload to TikTok and Instagram, but you’re limited to shooting 30-second clips. And because only the right camera records video (and only square video), the perspective seen in your shots often looks a bit choppy.
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The promise to shoot the world you see is so far. “
WHAT ABOUT SECURITY RISKS?
According to Velazco, Facebook says that all of these images remain encrypted on the glasses until you upload them to the Facebook View app on your smartphone, where you can edit and export them to your social media platform. choice. Facebook’s software offers a few options for organizing your files, such as stitching multiple clips into neat little “montages,” but the tools on offer are sometimes too limited to achieve the desired results.
The fastest way to start taking photos or recording videos is to raise your hand and click a button on the right arm of the glasses. People around you will know you’re capturing the world in front of you, thanks to a single bright white light that turns on while recording. According to Facebook, people will be able to see this indicator up to 7 meters away, which theoretically gives them the ability to get out of your sight if they want to.
But that assumes that most people are familiar with Facebook’s design, which is unlikely. An important tip: If you see part of someone’s glasses light up, you might reach that person’s next social media post!
The right grip of the glasses is tactile, so you can switch between music tracks. Facebook’s new voice assistant also lives inside your frame, so you can tell your sunglasses to take a photo or start capturing a video. It means these glasses are listening to you.
We all wonder if companies like Facebook are listening to you through your phone’s microphone. Because we doubt how they can do otherwise to deliver ads that seem so personal to us.
So, will the glasses that listen to us tell others what we say? Chris Velazco replied, “If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s grand plan is to make us all comfortable with powerful augmented reality glasses, he can’t afford to scare people off so soon.” give the answer …