Meta unveils the Ray-Ban Stories 2, connected glasses capable of broadcasting live videos and which feature AI with which we can interact vocally.
Pilot Charles Leclerc with Ray-Ban Stories 2 // Source: Meta
Here are the Ray-Ban Stories 2. These connected glasses were the talk of the town and they have now been made official. During the Meta Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg revealed several interesting information about this new product designed in collaboration with ophthalmic lens specialist EssilorLuxottica. There are two big new features to remember: the ability to speak the Meta AI artificial intelligence and the fact of being able to broadcast live on Facebook what the glasses film.
Meta AI and live video
Let us specify that Meta AI is the artificial intelligence with ChatGPT sauce that Meta also detailed during the conference. With Ray-Ban Stories, users will be able to ask questions orally by activating it with the voice command “Hey, Meta”. In one of the video demonstrations, a person asks the AI what his name would be if he were a Formula 1 driver and the chatbot responds imaginatively.
Note that from next year, a free update will allow Meta AI to evolve to make AI “multimodal”. She will thus be able to understand what we see and answer questions by taking this environment into consideration.
A video filmed with Ray-Ban Stories 2 is broadcast live // Source: Meta
Let’s stay a little longer on the theme of Formula 1 since it was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc who took charge of part of the demonstration to show that it was possible to live stream what was happening. passed before our eyes. So, after launching a Facebook live from his smartphone, he asks his glasses to take over and the shot therefore switches from the phone’s camera to that of the glasses.
Some audio and video optimizations
Moreover, the Ray-Ban Stories 2 have “all-new custom speakers with extended bass, higher maximum volume and improved directional sound that reduces audio leakage to improve calls, music and podcasts, even in noisy or windy environments. In terms of numbers, Meta announces 2x more bass than the first generation Ray-Ban Stories and a volume up to 50% more powerful.
Additionally, five microphones act in concert when the wearer of the smart glasses records video for as immersive sound as possible.
The Ray-Ban Stories 2 camera // Source: Meta
On the camera side, count on a 12 megapixel sensor for 1080p videos of up to 60 seconds. The glasses can obviously take photos that can be sent to loved ones just with a voice command.
A more elegant design
The Ray-Ban Stories 2 are stored in a box that could pass for a classic case with its sober design. Said box allows, in total, an autonomy of up to 36 hours according to the brand’s promises.
The Ray-Ban Stories 2 box // Source: Meta
Connected glasses powered by a Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 also have the merit of offering a neat look with many possible combinations to personalize them. Meta announces Ray-Ban Stories 2 with lighter weight and more comfortable on the nose. Above all, they are now IPX4 certified for relative water resistance.
Price and release date
The Ray-Ban Stories are announced in the United States from October 17 for a price of $299.