Facebook (FB) and Ray-Ban have managed to do what Google (GOOG) and Snap (SNAP) couldn’t — create a pair of smart glasses that actually looks cool. Remember Google Glass and Spectacles?
Facebook and Ray-Ban announced the release of the Ray-Ban Stories, a stylish pair of sunglasses that allows wearers to take pictures and videos, listen to music, and even make phone calls. For $299, you can now order a pair of the smart glasses in three different styles (including, of course, the iconic Wayfarer) and five different colors. The shades do a pretty good job of disguising the technical features, with a power button hidden in the left temple, a camera button on the right temple, and small speakers built into each. There’s even an LED flash that allows you to take photos and videos at night.
Of course, there’s a companion smartphone app to go with the glasses. You’ll need to download Facebook View to see, edit, and share the pictures and videos you take.