Fb’s Bosworth says glasses with cameras would be the norm in 10 years

A LinkedIn photo of Facebook manager Andrew “Boz” Bosworth.

Facebook’s Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who heads the company’s hardware business, said Friday that the ability to take pictures will be a standard feature for glasses within a decade.

Bosworth’s comments on his podcast came the day after launching Ray-Ban Stories, Facebook’s smart glasses collaboration with Luxottica. The Ray-Ban Smart Glasses can take photos and videos with small cameras at the push of a button or by voice command.

“I think in 10 years it will be, ‘Of course. Why aren’t your glasses taking pictures? That’s just weird,'” Bosworth said. “It really has an opportunity to turn the corner here and move things forward.”

Bosworth spoke to Rocco Basilico, EssilorLuxottica’s chief wearables officer.

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories glasses

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While they are still niche products, smart glasses have come a long way in the tech industry.

Google was the first of the big tech companies to introduce a product and introduced Google Glass in 2012. Google Glass didn’t look like normal glasses. The device did not have lenses and instead uses a small prism to reflect augmented reality images in front of the user’s eye. The glasses also contained a camera that could take photos and videos.

Google Glass sparked a violent backlash from critics concerned about the breach of privacy. Already now, Facebook’s product has met with similar skepticism from people who fear that the device is not doing enough to warn people when the camera is being used.

One attendee tries out Google Glass during the Google I / O developer conference in San Francisco.

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Snap hit the market in 2016 with Spectacles, plastic glasses that had two eye-catching cameras on either corner of the frame that could take photos and videos.

Snap announced the fourth version of Spectacles in May. They have displays with the lens of the glasses that superimpose AR images over the real world from the user’s point of view. Snap has so far restricted distribution of the latest Spectacles to a select group of social media content creators.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announces new Spectacles AR glasses that allow you to overlay digital objects over the real world.

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Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories don’t have AR capabilities yet, but the company is working on them for future products.

Currently, the company has built a camera, speakers, and microphone into several Ray-Ban models. And instead of buying an unfamiliar piece of hardware, consumers can buy an existing product and pay an additional $ 100 to turn it into smart glasses.

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