The long-rumored AR glasses by Facebook have finally made their debut in partnership with best-in-class glare maker Ray-ban. Launched in the global market, the eyeglass company has already commenced the promotion of the new eyewear on their website.
Officially names Aria, the new Facebook AR glasses had been patented just about a month after the announcement of the collaboration with Ray-Ban last year. According to reports, the device runs on a Qualcomm chip and has proximity and camera sensors on it. The camera sensors are the same as the ones Facebook uses on the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset. They may also use a magnetic connector for charging the glasses.
The glasses are a part of Facebook CEO’s “Metaverse”, which is s a virtual world where humans can interact, akin to those seen in science fiction movies like Ready Player One. The company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, had informed investors of these plans during Facebook’s second-quarter earnings this year.
The announcement of the glasses was made in a post by Ray-Ban with a silhouette of a pair of glasses, the date “09.09 2021,” and the text “sign up now to get your release notification.” Simultaneously, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and virtual and augmented reality head Andrew Bosworth apparently posted teaser videos that show point-of-view video clips from Bosworth and Zuckerberg, including Bosworth playing golf and Zuckerberg paddling a boat — all of it seemingly designed to highlight physically active and all-weather scenarios.