Facebook Ray-Ban Camera Mirrors: Price, Details, Release Date
Facebook’s slowness may be intentional; Andrew Bosworth, who runs the company’s Reality Labs, has said several times that the company doesn’t want to “surprise” people with its introduction of new technologies. It’s the answer to the mantra of quick-witted Facebook stuff, questionable data collection methods, and its cascade of relatively inefficient privacy settings.
But if Facebook doesn’t want to surprise people, it may have made a more obvious signal light to the latest product. During a dinner with friends over the weekend, Peter wore Ray-Ban Stories the entire season-and until he pointed out the small sensors installed in the temples friends noticed. Even if they did, though, Facebook’s biggest issue soon showed up: “So, you’ve been recording the whole time?” a friend asked, only half joking. Similarly, Lauren recorded (then deleted) a conversation with an editor while fumbling with glasses. The editor never noticed.
Also, while the models we were given to test were sunglasses with tint lenses, Facebook offers 20 different configurations with three Ray-Ban frame shapes (Wayfarer, Round, and Meteor), including clearer versions of the lenses. That’s why while our dark-lens Ray-Bans are at home away from home-in public places, where others are allowed to take pictures without their permission-shoppers can choose a pair of glasses which can be worn night and day, indoors and outdoors.
All of this brings up a serious question: How are people not use this technology to create sensitive, violent, or otherwise controversial content? We’re not saying people don’t use glasses to store memories of family reunions or a day at the beach-we’re just saying they also wear the best sex-tape camera in the history of the world , one of those records that is not currently accepted as a social sign of holding a phone in front of your face.
The other questions all stem from that expectation, and are both less rhetorical and more poignant. Are Facebook and Instagram ready to handle the surge in said content? What happens if the person who created the said content does it without explicit permission of anyone in the images and clips? And most of all the questions that arise anyone piece of connected hardware from Menlo Park: How much of your data would Facebook get if you took video of these glasses and shared it through the standalone Facebook View app?
you potential turn off the glasses, cutting off the camera and microphone power. The glasses monitor your battery status, your Facebook login, and your wireless connection; that’s all that can’t be paid. Whatever else the Glasses and View app can do – divide up how long you’ll spend recording videos, the number of clips and images you’ve captured, using Facebook Assistant for voice control, and storing transcripts-a setting that is selected, notified during the app setup process. Similarly, the company says that whatever you get is encrypted on the glasses. It even released a sheet outlining its privacy policies for Ray-Ban Stories, and created what it called a “privacy microsite” for people who visit Ray-Ban’s website.
Regarding content moderation, Facebook spokespersons said the same rules apply for glasses as they do for any other content creation tool. They point out that using Ray-Ban Stories or Facebook View requires consent to follow Facebooks Community Standards, which includes a robust subsection that focuses on “Unimaginable Content” —and that Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger all use “a combination of automated technology, human analytics, and reporting tools “to identify and eliminate any violations of the standards.
To hear what Facebook has to say about it, it’s very easy to listen. Maybe it’s easy.
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