Someone’s recording us!
Vita gazette – The controversial glasses called “Ray-Ban Stories”, produced by Facebook in cooperation with Luxottica, that see, record, share, listen and talk, began to circulate among us.
Ray-Ban, one of the world’s largest eyewear brands owned by the Italian group Luxottica, and Facebook have jointly created Ray-Ban Stories with two cameras placed in a frame. The glasses introduced by Facebook offer its users opportunities such as taking photos and videos, sharing, listening to music and making phone calls. However, the glasses, which were found to be too smart, created a debate in Europe with concerns such as privacy, data security and interference with private life. Legal process has been initiated regarding the issue.
Facebook, the social networking platform founded by US entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg, once again came to the fore with topics such as privacy and data security. This time, he created a controversy with the glasses he produced together with Luxotica, the umbrella organization of the Italian eyewear company Ray-Ban. The Italian Data Security Authority, Garante, has started to investigate whether the privacy and data security of the product manufactured in Italy comply with the law. Garante, who applied to the data security authority in Ireland, where Facebook’s headquarters in Europe is located, demanded that it be explained whether Facebook has taken measures to prevent people, especially underage children, from being viewed and how the data collected from these glasses will be stored.
Ray-Ban Stories also pairs with the new Facebook View app, allowing users to seamlessly share their stories and memories with friends and social media followers. The Facebook View app on iOS and Android allows importing, editing and sharing content captured on smart glasses to smartphone apps including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, Tik Tok, Snapchat and more. Users can also save content to their phones and edit and share from there.
At first glance, the Ray-Ban Storie doesn’t look too different from the classic Ray-Ban eyewear: perhaps the most classic and recognizable model ever produced by the company, it’s designed roughly the same size and weight as the Wayfarer.
Two cameras are placed on the two sides of the face, and the front ends of the glasses are connected to the temples by means of hinges. It’s not very noticeable and appears to be a design element rather than real targets.
On the right temple of the glasses, there is a physical button that can be pressed to take a photo or shoot a video of up to 30 seconds. The photos and videos are then sent via wireless connection (Bluetooth) to Facebook View, a new application created by Facebook that allows to make some changes to the images before sharing them on social network, Instagram or saving them to the smart glasses photo gallery.
Just above the right lens is a small LED light that turns on whenever the cameras are working to indicate that the glasses are in use. However, the fact that the light placed as a warning to the environment is too weak brings up problems such as privacy and privacy protection.
The Ray-Ban Storie is also used to answer phone calls and listen to music and other content. Microphones and small speakers are integrated into the bars to use the smartphone as a headset when a call comes in, without having to take the smartphone out of the pocket or bag. Part of the right temple is touch sensitive and can be used to adjust the volume, stop playback and send voice commands to the glasses. The voice-over system activates the phrase “Hey Facebook”.
The glasses, which have 20 different models, start at $329. The glasses, whose design was inspired by the Wayfarer model, have a 5 MP dual camera, a microphone and several speakers. Users with these glasses will be able to shoot from their own perspective. You will not need to use your hands while doing this. It will be able to shoot up to 30 seconds of video using just the capture button or with the Facebook Assistant voice command. Can take photos. Designed with thicker-than-normal temples to fit all sensors and components inside, the glasses also feature a three-microphone audio setup that provides audio and voice transmission for calls and videos, as well as built-in earphones. Facebook specifically states that the background sound in calls is reduced to almost zero, making it possible to have a clean conversation.
Facebook’s glasses can be purchased as prescription glasses or sunglasses from Ray-Ban stores and website in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK, as well as the USA.