FACEBOOK has teased what appears to be a pair of smart glasses – ready for launch tomorrow.
The mystery gadget is thanks to a partnership with posh specs giant Ray-Ban.
A teaser image posted by Ray-Ban shows silhouetted spectacles surrounded by waves of light.
The image features a date: September 9, 2021.
And the caption reads: “Sign up now to get your release notification.”
We’ve also seen teaser videos from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, and the firm’s VR and AR boss Andrew Bosworth.
These first-person clips show Zuckerberg rowing on a lake, and Bosworth playing golf.
It looks likely that these videos were filmed using Facebook’s mystery products.
Facebook has previously talked about these glasses before, describing them as a transitional product on the way to proper AR specs.
The glasses are expected to be traditional Ray-Ban spectacles, but with added gadgets.
A lack of AR functionality means we wouldn’t expect to see a smart display on these glasses.
But it’s looking increasingly likely that they’ll be fitted with cameras.
It’s likely that you would then share these clips to Facebook’s main app, or other in-house platforms like Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen “smart” glasses, of course.
Google Glass launched back in 2013, offering early augmented reality features – and a built-in video camera.
Snapchat has also launched several iterations of its Spectacles.
These glasses come with built-in cameras that let you record footage with a first-person view.
The video recordings can then be shared on Snapchat with followers.
Facebook’s new glasses look likely to offer similar functionality.
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