Facebook's Ray-Ban smart glasses will be released in 2021 but without a part of the features

Facebook's top manager David Wehner has revealed details about the upcoming augmented reality glasses. The news was not the most positive: he said, when creating its first AR-headset, the company had to abandon some of the concepts planned earlier.


Facebook's smart glasses were first announced in 2019 when Mark Zuckerberg announced a collaboration with Luxottica and its Ray-Ban brand. As part of this partnership, glasses with the code name Stella were developed. At that time, the developers claimed to integrate into the accessory virtual assistant and the ability to pair glasses with a smartphone with the help of proprietary software.

However, according to the top manager, the headset "will not be close" to what the company hoped to achieve with AR technology. At the same time, Wehner did not specify what exactly smart glasses would be lost, limiting himself to the phrase "we had to lower the bar of expectations." But he said about the release date of the novelty: it will be released at the end of this year. Facebook's CFO also confirmed that the IT giant is actively continuing to develop the project and augmented and virtual reality technologies remain important areas for investment.

According to Facebook's head of hardware Andrew Bosworth, the company is also considering introducing facial recognition technology into smart glasses, but only if users and regulators approve the feature. The technical characteristics of the techno giant are not disclosed.

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