SAN FRANCISCO ગયા Last Saturday, after a three-mile hike by the Presidio, I stood in a crowd of tourists watching the Golden Gate Bridge. As the crowd snapped photos of the landmark, I decided to join them.
But instead of reaching into my pocket for my iPhone, I tapped next to my Ray-Ban sunglasses until I heard a shutter click. Later, I downloaded the photos that my sunglasses had just taken on my phone.
The process was quick, easy, unobtrusive અને and it was powered by Facebook, which teamed up with Ray-Ban. His new line of glasses, called Ray-B St Na Stories, has been unveiled on Thursday, he can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play music and podcasts.
It all made me feel like I was being pulled into some inevitable future by dreaming with a lot more technique than I did, with the seams between the real world and the technology that supports it all disappearing.
Over the years, Silicon Valley has pursued a vision similar to the William Gibson novel, where sensors and cameras are woven into the everyday lives and clothing of billions of people. Yet tech companies that have advanced these ideas have often failed to achieve them, as people have removed wearable computers – especially on their faces.
Remember Google Glass, the smart glasses that Google co-founder Sergei Brin introduced when he jumped out of a plane? That project was to prevent glass wearers with bars in San Francisco જેને also known as “glassholes” from the entrance. Later came Snap’s glasses, smart glasses that focus more on fashion and innovation to record 10-second video clips. That product, too, never really broke.
Now Facebook aims to enter an era when people become more comfortable sharing their lives digitally, right in front of their faces.
“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we create a product that really helps people in the moment they are in?’ Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook Reality Labs, said in an interview. “Isn’t it better than holding your phone out and holding it in front of your face whenever you want to capture a moment?”
Mr. Boseworth dismissed claims that Facebook was choosing where others left off. “This product has not been tried before because we have never had such a design before,” he said, adding that Facebook and Ray-B were not more focused on ivory fashion than tech inside the frame.
“Eyewear is a very specific category that changes your look,” said Roko Basilico, Luxotica’s chief wearable officer who owns Ray-Ban and wants to expand into the wearable market. “We started with this product design and we refused to compromise with that design.”
Let’s be real for a second. The new glasses, which start at $ 299 and come in more than 20 styles, face obstacles other than the stop-start history of Silicon Valley with smart glasses. Facebook has long been under scrutiny for how it deals with people’s personal data. People also secretly use glasses to make movies, not to mention what to do with the videos that Facebook collects.
I asked why Facebook’s brand is not in the title of luggage glasses? The company said that is not the case.
“Facebook is not naive about the fact that other smart glasses have failed in the past,” said Jeremy Greenberg, policy adviser to the privacy nonprofit Forum of Privacy, which is partially funded by Facebook. But, he added, “People’s privacy expectations have changed since the days before the previous Smart Glasses were released.”
With all of that in mind, I rolled out the new Facebook Re-B took for a few days spin last week.
On closer inspection, I found two cameras, two microphones, three microphones and a Snapdragon computer processor chip in the frame. They also come with a charging case that plugs into any computer via a USB-C cable. On a full charge, the glasses can be used for about six hours.
Glasses require a Facebook account. They are also connected to the smartphone app, Facebook View. After recording videos ચ glasses can record up to 35 30-second videos or take up to 500 photos લોકો people can upload their content wirelessly to the app, where the photos are encrypted. With Facebook View, people can share content in their social networks or messaging apps, as well as save photos directly to their phone’s on-device storage outside of the Facebook app.
To pre-empt privacy concerns, a small indicator light flashes while the glasses are being recorded, notifying people that they are photographing or filming. As you set up the Facebook View app, it also displays hints for users to “respect others around you” and ask if it “feels right” to take photographs or videos in moments. The app invites people to do a “little demo” to show others that they are being recorded.
However, users may have other hesitations, like I did. The glasses have an audio activation feature called Facebook Assistant, which can be turned on to take hands-free photos and videos by saying “Hey, Facebook”.
For me, that was a shocking issue. What do people around me think when they say to me “Hey, Facebook, take a photo”? Can I still do that? Can anyone
To help improve the Facebook Assistant, people are asked to allow the device to store transcripts of their voice interactions, which will later be reviewed by a combination of humans and machine-learning algorithms. I didn’t like it and imagine that other people wouldn’t be so eager, no matter how gentle their voice interactions may be.
(It is possible to opt out of using Assistant, and users can view and delete their transcripts if they wish.)
Many of these privacy concerns are on the side of the issue of technologists who consider wearables to be unsuitable for society. For Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, the ultimate goal is to finally introduce a pair of smart glasses that fully enhance reality, putting a kind of virtual overlay on the world in front of people.
That idea is another step on the path to Metawors, Mr. Zuckerberg’s word for how parts of the virtual and real world will eventually come together and divide into different parts of each other. Maybe one day I can use a pair of Facebook AR glasses to order a digital hat for myself, which other people who are wearing AR glasses can see.
For a few moments on my hiking trip last Saturday, I was only able to pinpoint the vision of the future that Facebook executives were so excited about.
Climbing down several paths in the Presidio presented me with dazzling scenes, one that I could shoot using just my voice, holding the strap of a dog and the other holding my backpack. Capturing Cityscape was as easy as giving a voice command when my phone was in my pocket.
Even better, I looked like a normal man wearing sunglasses, no one wearing a boring face computer.
An added bonus was that when I was alone on the road no one (except my dog) could hear me saying “Hey, Facebook”. But in a city surrounded by people, I admit I can tap the side of my frame to take photos.