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Poll: Would you buy the new Facebook Ray-Ban smart glasses?

Ray Ban Stories Taking Picture
Ray Ban Stories Taking Picture (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

The idea of Facebook hardware is a prickly one, especially considering the privacy concerns. That said, Facebook is behind the ever-popular Oculus Quest 2, which is one of the best VR headsets you can buy. Now the company is taking its eyewear to a smaller form factor with its new Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, and they might be worth a look.

The glasses look almost like regular Ray-Bans except for the addition of two small cameras on either side of the lenses. They're used to capture video and take surprisingly decent photos, which can be viewed on a separate Facebook View app. Equipped with open-ear speakers and available in many shapes and styles, they're a decent offering from the company with grand visions for wearables. That said, we want to know if you'd be interested in buying the Ray-Ban Stories.

Facebook is far from the first company to launch smart glasses, especially this year. Products like the Razer Anzu and Amazon Echo Frames (2nd Gen) offer similar features such as Bluetooth connectivity and open-ear speakers in stylish designs. Amazon takes things a step further with built-in Alexa, which Facebook counters with its own Facebook Assistant.

These other glasses don't have cameras, making Facebook's offering a bit closer to that of Snap's Spectacles. That said, the Ray-Ban Stories don't offer AR features which arguably puts them a bit behind Snap, but there's no doubt that the company wants to bring those capabilities to future wearables.

And, of course, there's the privacy aspect that has to be considered. Facebook isn't exactly known for being reputable in this aspect, which is likely why the company opted to make a separate app to house videos and photos so that they're not directly tied to the Facebook or Instagram apps, at least until you decide to post them there. Now, it's just up to you whether to use the glasses for good or for evil.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

18 Comments
  • I think more would buy it if it was someone other than facebook that released it.
  • If it were Google, Microsoft, or maybe even Apple, then perhaps. But definitely not buying a product like this from Facebook - with the low amount of trust I have in them lately.
  • NO not a chance
  • In a word No. Not a chance.
  • Facebook is THE ONLY company that I would NEVER BUY anything "private" from. They're leaking more info than than a broken dam does water.
  • Jesus why would anyone want to have social media on their glasses?
  • No no no
  • Not in this lifetime:
    a) Not useful enough / Unnecessary
    b) Facebook
  • If someone wants Facebook to fail, get sued left and right, and have them lose every time, these are a definitely the glasses to buy 🤣🤣🤣
  • I refuse to buy a Portal, regardless of how intriguing it is. Purely because it's Facebook. I would NEVER buy these. Wouldn't even take them for free
  • I don't really have any need for these type of glasses.
  • Never buy a face book product, just don't trust them.
  • I bought a Kindle from Amazon once and that was bad enough. Never again. Extra hell no to this. lol.
  • Because stealing every bit of information about you on facebook, whatsapp, IG and tracking every movement on the internet is not enough for zuck zuck. He wants live updates on what you're doing and where you're doing it.
  • Not only would I not buy anything associated with Facebook, I would not use it even if given to me for free. Facebook is a cancerous tumor on all of humanity.
  • If they were not Facebook, maybe but being for Facebook makes that a hell no everyday and 2x on Sunday. Rayban going to have a large stock pile as they will not sell well at all.
  • I already pay far too much for prescription glasses, these are utterly useless to anybody in the same situation.
    Not that I'd ever want any tech constantly in front of my eyes anyway - the World is out there not in your phone.
  • Can you run this poll to guage interest in a Google and Ray Ban partnership? I trust Google as much as I trust Facebook, so my answer is still hell no. I'm really curious to see how many people ignore how similar Google and Facebook are when it comes to privacy, respect for data, lawsuits, etc.