May 26, 2022

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Starting with Ray-Ban stories, the first glasses attached from the meta

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After Snapshot, it’s Meta’s time to enter the world of attached glasses. With its Ray-Ban stories, the American company offers an interesting pair of glasses in the form, but the applications are still a little limited.

The first pair of glasses attached from Meta is finally available in France. Developed in association with EssilorLuxottica, it is associated with Ray-Ban, one of the band’s most popular brands. More than six months after its launch in the United States, the product is finally crossing the Atlantic. We had the opportunity to do a test Meteor model For a while, to show you what life is like with our eyes (and the cameras on the branches).

A (almost) classic pair of glasses

It is not possible to talk about the design of these glasses because it is an aesthetic object before it is an attached object. Since these stories are almost a classic Ray-Ban duo, it is clear that Meta worked well in its production. In the case of our meteorites, the differences are more subtle compared to the normal version. The temples are 5 mm long, the width of the bridge varies by only one millimeter and the height of the lens is less than 2 mm. In terms of weight, the pair of Ray-Ban stories are no heavier than traditional law. So, we weighed our pair of meteorites, which shows 50.1 grams when our daily pair of glasses weighs 22.4 grams. Double weight, but not even once felt in our nose.

Apparently, the presence of two sensors on the right and left tenons indicates that these glasses are capable of capturing or capturing what is in front of us. But both modules are relatively small and can be observed from a distance, especially with a darker frame, similar to the brown sample we obtained in the experiment. Ray-Ban stories can be combined with or without the recommended lenses, sunglasses.

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The charging case is also similar to the case usually provided with a pair of glasses. Large leather, tablet-shaped box for storing / charging stories. The interior is lined with a metal hinge: has a premium effect. The only real differences between this case and the more classic one are the charging LED and the USB-C port. On the mount, a white LED will tell others when you take a photo or video.

The white LED indicator indicates the capture of a video or photo.

The white LED indicator indicates the capture of a video or photo.

Let’s talk about autonomy, as the stories have to be recharged from time to time, compared to the classic couple. Autonomy melts away very quickly if you ask them a little too much or think of folding the branches and disconnecting. By taking all the necessary precautionary measures, the couple will have a day or two to be put back in its box. When the battery is exhausted, it takes about three hours to fully charge the glass.

There are two connectors that allow charging in the case.

There are two connectors that allow charging in the case.

An application, an essential accessory

To run its pairing stories, it is necessary to go through the Facebook View application. Needless to say you have to have a Facebook account to take advantage of the connected features of Glass. First, the app allows you to import photos and videos taken with stories. The glasses need to be connected to your smartphone using the couple’s own WiFi network. In the app you can select the content you want to import. Then everything will be placed there and in the photo library of your smartphone.

In the Facebook scene, you can edit photos or video clips while flying, but you can also create video montages. By choosing up to 10, the app is responsible for keeping your choices and creating a small package. You are free to choose the effect of the change you want. Another creation is available and is called “Flashback”. It allows you to animate one of your photos, but not like gif. It’s a camera effect within the shot, like a product Travel Before or after. It’s fun for five minutes, but not likely to attract a large number of people.

Finally, the application is necessary to manage the various parameters of Ray-Ban stories. Only then will you be able to check battery status, trigger software updates, or unplug glasses. Activation of the voice assistant is done directly on the application. For the French release of Glass, the latter has been updated to provide a Moliere language-speaking assistant, with two voices to choose from. This assistant is triggered by pressing a single button on the right branch or by saying “Hey Facebook”. Can configure sound to confirm its functionality.

Interesting features

Meta’s glasses can capture photos or videos due to the two 5-megapixel modules in the frame. The combination of the two makes it possible to get displays equivalent to the ultra wide-angle module on a smartphone. But once your photos are imported into the app (we’ll get back to that), you’ll have the impression that only the right sensor can capture images. Photos taken are not of high quality, except that they benefit from better brightness. According to the video, a pair of glasses allows you to capture short moments up to 30 seconds. In the future, this period will be extended to 60 seconds, which will allow slightly more advanced applications (in view of Dictoc, InstaStories or YouTube Shorts).

The branches have loudspeakers that transmit sound directly into your ears. At low volume, those around you will not hear what you are asking. On the other hand, exceeding the average limit, it can change quickly. It can be very practical to listen to music in a quiet environment like home or office. But once it came out, the two speakers were no match for a good pair of headphones. In fact, this addition is very practical for making and receiving calls, and the audio quality is very decent as provided by the three microphones. The right branch has a touchpad to control the volume and your music tracks. The slide allows you to manage the volume when a press is paused. Tap twice to go to the next track and three times to the previous track. A well-thought-out implementation that allows you to get rid of your smartphone or use a dedicated voice assistant.

One of the two speakers under the branches.

One of the two speakers under the branches.

Precisely, this assistant (“Hey Facebook”) offers a little possibilities. Enable / disable music, capture photo or video, increase / decrease volume and … that’s it. At the sound of his voice it is impossible to pick up or stop a call, start an application, or even command a message. We tried to learn more about the various possibilities: “Hey Facebook, what can you do?”. The sorcerer answered a question: “Sorry, this time it was beyond my ability”. It’s a shame and really controls the interest of this voice assistant. However, it is important to recognize that this is very effective and can be triggered without raising your voice too much, as long as you are in a calm environment.

Update on confidentiality and privacy

Obviously, the meta landing in the world of attached glasses can raise big questions about privacy and respect for data. Within the application, you can manage the different information you want to send to the company or application. To enhance the experience, you can choose whether or not to share glasses and apps usage information. On the Voice Assistant page, he says the application can track repeated requests with the aim of enhancing the experience.

Note that none of the data shared with Meta is about your pictures and videos. These contents will be on your phone or app and will not be retrieved by the company in any way. Until I decide to share all this on meta’s social networks …