Facebook is collaborating with the famous Ray-ban makers, EssilorLuxottica, for its upcoming consumer smart glasses

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced in the recent ‘Facebook Connect’ event that their first pair of consumer smart glasses will be launched in 2021, and the company has collaborated with EssilorLuxottica, the makers of Ray-Ban, which will design frames for Facebook’s first consumer smart glasses. The company has been showing its intent to build wearable augmented reality devices, and now, a pair of branded consumer smart glasses is what it is going to be!

So far, the features of this pair of glasses are not completely known, and Facebook says that it will not be classified as an exclusive AR device, and it will not have any integrated display too. However, these glasses will be a step closer to Facebook’s Aria Project, which Facebook has recently unveiled. It is a research project that will help Facebook build the first generation of wearable AR device, which is going to be a visionary research tool. The glasses that are announced in the Project Aria are not consumer glasses, and they are not exactly a prototype too. This project is designed to help the company develop the use of AR glasses and other wearable devices with AR technology in the future.

So, Facebook’s consumer smart glasses may not be exactly like the glasses of Project Aria, but still, we can get a little idea of what they may be capable of doing and how many interesting features they will probably have, once they are launched officially. As per some speculations, they will probably be like Snap Spectacles or Amazon’s Echo Frames.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of the Reality Labs division said in a statement that Facebook and Reality Labs are really passionate about exploring devices that will pave new ways for people to connect with each other. With wearable devices, they are going to make this connection possible and with a corporation as exclusive as EssilorLuxottica, the company has a chance to develop the first-ever fashionable consumer smart glasses for people who want to experience it all.

It is still not confirmed if these smart glasses are going to be exactly like the AR glasses of Project Aria or not, or how much they will eventually cost. But keeping in mind that it is Ray-Ban we are talking about; it is surely not going to come at a cheap price!

AR and smart glasses, and other wearable devices have previously been designed and developed by companies like North, Amazon, Apple, Google, Intel, and some others. Some of them have launched their products, while some are in the process of it, but Facebook seems to be the first company to collaborate with an exclusive brand for their smart glasses.

Let us see how it all turns out for the company eventually and how people will react to this pair of smart glasses.



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