Meta Unveils the Next-Generation Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses
Posted on October 13, 2023 4 minutes 725 words
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On September 27, 2023, at the Meta Connect event, Meta, in collaboration with EssilorLuxottica, has unveiled its next-generation Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, setting a new benchmark in the realm of wearable technology. These glasses are not just a testament to cutting-edge technology but also a symbol of iconic style, ensuring that users can stay connected while making a fashion statement.
Key Features and Highlights
Design and Comfort
The Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses have been redesigned from scratch, ensuring a blend of style and comfort. They are lighter, more comfortable, and come with over 150 custom frame and lens combinations. Whether you’re a fan of the timeless Wayfarer style or the new Headliner design, there’s something for everyone. Plus, they are now water-resistant with an IPX4 rating.
Enhanced Audio and Camera Capabilities
The glasses boast improved audio with custom-designed speakers that offer extended bass and higher volume. The directional audio ensures reduced leakage, making calls, music, and podcasts clearer. The ultra-wide 12 MP camera ensures high-quality photos and 1080p videos, capturing moments as they are.
The Power of Meta AI
Central to the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses’ functionality is the integration of Meta AI. This advanced conversational assistant, activated by the “Hey Meta” voice command, is set to redefine how users interact with wearable technology. Whether it’s seeking information, translations, or engaging in hands-free operations, Meta AI is the bridge between the user and the digital world, ensuring seamless and intuitive interactions.
Livestreaming and Voice Commands
Users can now livestream directly from the glasses to Facebook or Instagram. The integration of “Hey Meta” allows users to engage with Meta AI, Meta’s advanced conversational assistant, using voice commands. This hands-free experience is optimized for on-the-go users.
Power and Storage
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon AR1 Gen1 Platform, the glasses promise higher quality photo and video processing. The redesigned charging case offers up to eight additional charges, ensuring 36 hours of use. With 32 GB storage, users can store 100+ videos and 500+ photos.
Privacy at the Forefront
Meta has prioritized user privacy. The glasses come with a more noticeable blinking privacy LED, ensuring others are aware when someone is capturing content. The Meta View App provides easy access to privacy settings, allowing users to manage their data.
Price and Availability
The Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses are priced at $299 USD. Pre-orders are currently open on meta.com and ray-ban.com. They will be available for purchase online and in retail stores starting October 17.
Comparative Analysis with Ray-Ban Stories
- Camera: While the Ray-Ban Stories featured a 5 MP camera, the Ray-Ban Meta boasts a 12 MP ultra-wide camera.
Livestreaming: The Ray-Ban Meta offers up to 30 minutes of livestreaming, a feature not available in the Ray-Ban Stories.
Audio: The Ray-Ban Meta comes with custom-built speakers that are 50% louder and offer double the bass compared to the Ray-Ban Stories.
Weight and Battery: The Ray-Ban Meta weighs 133 gr and offers up to 36 hours of use with a fully charged case. In comparison, the Ray-Ban Stories weighed 195 gr and provided up to 24 hours of use.
Storage: The Ray-Ban Meta offers 32 GB of storage, allowing for 100+ videos and 500+ photos. The Ray-Ban Stories had 4 GB, accommodating 50 videos and 535 photos.
Connectivity: The Ray-Ban Meta supports WiFi6 and Bluetooth 5.3, while the Ray-Ban Stories supported WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
Water Resistance: The Ray-Ban Meta is IPX4 water-resistant, a feature not present in the Ray-Ban Stories.
The next-generation Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses are a game-changer in the world of wearable technology. They combine the best of style and technology, ensuring that users can capture and share moments while staying connected. Whether you’re capturing memories at a music festival, hiking, or simply enjoying a day out, these glasses ensure that you stay in the moment.
- Meta’s Official Announcement
- Meta’s Blog on the Ray-Ban Collection
- Ray-Ban’s Official Product Page
- Meta’s Product Overview
- “Meta Connect 2023 I Full Keynote” on YouTube