Facebook will launch its very first pair of glasses next calendar year. The social networking giant is currently working closely with Luxottica, the manufacturer of Ray-Ban, to start the initial eyeglasses. The statement was made through the recently held Facebook Connect virtual seminar, where the organization’s also unveiled the next-gen Quest 2 wireless VR headset.
After spending some time together with their team and seeing their factory, I knew they were the ideal partner for us to help bring the very best technology with the best eyeglasses,” Zuckerberg said during the Facebook Connect event. Facebook and Luxottica will make the intelligent eyeglasses as part of a multi-year partnership.
Marketed as a Ray-ban-branded solution, the glasses will not have an integrated screen but may feature a voice-assistant. The glasses will operate by pairing them with a smartphone. That means the smart glasses will work- like Snap Spectacles or Amazon Echo eyeglasses.
Facebook is not willing to share more information about smart glasses like what they will be called or how much they might cost.
“We shall build and release a pair of Ray-Ban branded smart eyeglasses in 2021. They’ll combine innovative technologies with fashion-forward design and assist people better connect with friends and family,” Facebook said in a blog article.
Facebook’s partnership with Luxottica is distinct from the organization’s Job Aria research prototype, a set of AR eyeglasses. The business says it’s going to begin analyzing Aria glasses in public and about its campus starting this month.
The Mark Zuckerberg-owned Facebook isn’t the only firm that sees the long run in augmented reality and intelligent glasses.