We test the Ray-Ban Stories: cutting-edge technology for the flirty and the spy.

PARIS, April 2 (EDITIONS/Benin News) –

Last week, Meta (Facebook) and Ray-Ban announced the arrival in Spain of the Stories of Ray-Ban, a pair of smart glasses they developed together that we finally got to try. A small piece of engineering that surprises us by managing to introduce cameras, speaker and microphones in a pair of glasses while maintaining the original structure. Ray-Ban and increasing its weight by just five grams.

Cutting-edge technology that surprises with its incredible finish, but which – at the same time – arouses controversy because it the doubts it raises about privacy. The first reactions of the entourage to the glasses when they try them on serve as a sociological experiment: the “wow” effect is guaranteed, but the following comments are linked to the uses that one can make of them as a spy or “voyeur”.

A white light activated next to the camera lenses, at the top ends of the frame, notifies others that a video is being recorded or a photo is taken.. The question is whether this is sufficient. We’re all used to the fact that anyone can pull out their cell phone and point it at us in a public or private space, but the camera lens is on the glasses they’re looking at us with? Not everyone is comfortable in this situation.

Beyond these reasonable doubts, which Meta wants to solve by “educating and explaining how this wearable works” through awareness campaigns, the glasses are one of the most interesting, original and best-finished devices that we tried for a long time. A “premium” product that can open the way to a new category. Its price, 329 euros, is not within everyone’s reach, but we are talking about Ray-Ban. Do not expect anything else, and they will undoubtedly have their audience.

HOW THEY WORK

These smart glasses incorporate a dual 5-megapixel camera to take photos or videos, either by voice command or via the capture button integrated into the frame. They also incorporate a speaker system for listening to music (you can control the volume or skip tracks by sliding a finger on the side of the temple), as well as three microphones that allow you to make calls and collect audio from videos.

Users can use the Facebook View app from their mobile devices, available for iOS and Android, for. upload, save, edit and share photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Twitter, among other platforms. The glasses have a battery that offers up to four hours of use and can be recharged in their case (which offers three additional charges).

The resolution of photos and videos is surprisingly good.. We cannot compare it to the images we obtained with the smartphone, but they exceeded our expectations and to share them on social networks the quality is more than acceptable. Below you can see some sample photos (without applying additional editing) and a short video in square format, in which it saves by default, which confirms decent quality for social networks, good stabilization and excellent reception sound.

As for the speakers and microphones, they also do their job, albeit without fanfare. Being able to listen to music on the beach – or during a walk in the mountains – without having to wear headphones in your ears is a nice feeling, and it’s also a great way to enjoy the sound of music. allows us to maintain direct contact with the environment. The same goes for the phone calls we may receive when we find ourselves in these situations. In this regard, we are more than satisfied.

The companies announced that among the new colors and lenses that will be introduced in April, the Ray-Ban Stories can be configured in 28 different combinations. We’ve tested the classic Wayfarer, one of Ray-Ban’s most iconic designs, in a chocolate brown finish.

In short, we seek to a ‘techie’ accessory that, while arousing some controversy, may have many followers.. The Ray-Ban Stories improve on other smart eyewear models we’ve tested previously and become the model to follow in this new product category.

Leave a Comment