Ray-Ban Meta Sunglasses Shows Real-Life Debut (2023)
Ray-Ban style and Meta technology come together in a range of frames for everyday wear. High performance lenses are available in prescription, sun, polarized or Transitions®.
All lenses offer advanced clarity, comfort and protection. The smart glasses look pretty similar to the original frame styles, but feature two small camera lenses on the front of the temples.
The Ray-Ban | Meta collection is available for purchase after October 17th at Ray-Ban stores, Ray-Ban.com, Meta.com as well as select EssilorLuxottica retail stores including but not limited to: LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Salmoiraghi & Viganò and through the company’s wholesale distribution network in the US, UK, France and Italy.
The new glasses feature improved audio and cameras, over 150 different custom frame and lens combinations, and they’re lighter and more comfortable. Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses are IPX4 water resistant.
IPX4 rating means your glasses are safe even if you get caught in light rain while wearing them. Simply remove the glasses as soon as you can, wipe them completely dry and you’re good to go.
Competitors of the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses include various consumer tech manufacturers, such as the headphone and speaker company Bose, the gaming equipment company Razer and the computer company Lenovo.
To use Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, you first need to pair your glasses with the Meta View app using a supported smart phone. You can download the Meta View app from the App Store or Google Play and log in using your Meta account.
A few weeks ago, Meta announced Ray-Ban Meta: sunglasses with integrated cameras, speakers, and microphones for all your sneaky (er, convenient) video-capturing needs. Now, the company is sending review units to media outlets, and we’re getting a real, unbiased look at how the glasses function outside of Meta’s lab.
Ray-Ban Meta consists of a Ray-Ban frame, customizable lenses, and a whole lot of Meta’s own technology. At each temple sits a tiny down-firing speaker and a microphone array.
A touchpad on the outer left temple allows you to silently control volume, snap a photo, or start a video (though both can also be done by saying “Hey Meta” and issuing a verbal command).
Although the right temple contains an ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera, the left includes a symmetrical, circular LED that lights up to tell others you’re recording.
This light isn’t avoidable—when it’s covered, Ray-Ban Meta stops recording. Though this might not be enough to comfort those who see Ray-Ban Meta as another sensationalized privacy violation, it’s at least something.
Any photos or videos you capture with Ray-Ban Meta get saved to the glasses’ 32 gigabytes of internal storage. You can use your smartphone to import that content via the Meta View app, which has to be paired with the glasses before use. From there, it’s yours to do whatever you want with.
According to Brian Heater of TechCrunch, still shots are surprisingly clear, making them “suitable for social media.” And while you’d think a head-mounted camera would be a stability nightmare for video purposes, Heater says clips are pretty stable.
The video function’s 1080p resolution reportedly leaves something to be desired, but in general, it’s good enough for users who stream on social media. Alan Truly of Digital Trends also snagged a pair of Meta’s smart glasses.
According to him, the audio from Ray-Ban Meta’s inconspicuous speakers is “quite good” and doesn’t bleed into the surrounding environment unless it’s at maximum volume. Meta’s five-microphone arrays are even better, capturing “exceptional” spatial audio even when Truly was on a phone call.
Karissa Bell also commented on Ray-Ban Meta’s unexpectedly pleasant audio experience. Comparing the new glasses with Meta’s (or, back then, Facebook’s) 2021 Ray-Ban Stories, Bell noted that Ray-Ban Meta turns on automatically instead of requiring you to press a power button.
The glasses are “a bit bulkier than a typical pair of shades, but they don’t feel heavy, even with extended use.” And while their wireless charging case is a bit clunky, Bell says the case’s capacity is sufficient to support a week of “moderate” use.
Ray-Ban Meta starts at $299, but the price increases depending on which frame or lenses you select. The Wayfarer frames feature that square-ish shape Ray-Ban is known for, while the Headliner frames feature more of a rounded shape.
Meta says more than 150 aesthetic combinations are available, thanks to the frames’ seven colorways and Ray-Ban’s numerous tint, prescription, coating, and polarization options.
How Does Meta vision Work?
By scanning the soccer pitch by continuously rotating his head to the sides and utilizing both his central and peripheral vision, Isagi can see the playing field in a way nobody else can. Ray Bans Meta screen glasses are well-made sunglasses that with care will last their owner years or even decades
He can simultaneously visualize every player, their plays, and their positions on the field. Mark Zuckerberg is the founder, chairman and CEO of Meta, which he originally founded as Facebook in 2004.
What is Meta’s vision for the future?
Standing in a courtyard at his company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters, Zuckerberg told the audience of developers, employees and journalists that Meta is “focused on building the future of human connection” – and painted a near-future where people interact with hologram versions of their friends or coworkers