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Ray-Ban Stories review: Cool features on stylish smart glasses technology

Facebook has teamed up with the iconic brand Ray-Ban with the audacious release of the next generation of smart glasses — Ray-Ban Stories. Smart glasses have been the holy grail of tech for decades—a no-brainer combination of electronics with an accessory that billions of people use daily. But while phones, TVs, fridges, and even washing machines have become “smart”, no company has been able to properly nail the seemingly simple challenge of upgrading the humble pair of glasses – improving technology that’s been around since at least Greek and Roman times. But Ray-Ban and Facebook may have just done it with their new venture, Ray-Ban Stories. The luxury brand and social media giant joined forces to release the stylish new product with features. In a virtual announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Wearables Officer for EssilorLuxottica Rocco Basilico unveiled the smart glasses today.

I was shipped a pair this week for review and was immediately fascinated.

Ray-Ban Stories capabilities

Ray-Ban Stories was developed to allow people to seamlessly capture everyday moments as they happen without reaching for their phones.

The main capabilities can be summed as capture, listen and share.

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The glasses have built-in 5MP cameras and a three-microphone array.

EssilorLuxottica says the goal is to let people capture moments through their eyes as they happen, so they can focus on being present, not fumbling for a photo.

This technology adds just 5g of weight to a standard pair of glasses.

Choose between using the Capture Button or hands-free voice commands when taking a photo or video.

Say: “Hey, Facebook, take a photo/video” to take videos (up to 30 seconds) quickly and photos without pulling out your phone.

I tried it out, and it worked immediately, without needing to learn my voice like the Google Home systems.


There’s an important note to make here about confidentiality.

Glasses that allow you to take photos secretly, like something made by Q for James Bond, are rightly viewed with suspicion.

The developers of Ray-Ban Stories have tackled this issue head-on.

A capture LED lights up when the cameras are on, and photography or recording occurs.

You can also choose between automatic or custom uploads to the companion Facebook View app, available on both Apple and Android smartphones.

I think they dealt with the privacy issue appropriately.


Ray-Ban Stories features integrated open-ear audio and microphones so you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts or take a call while on the go.

The glasses discretely project audio directly toward the ear to maximize audio quality.

This lets you maintain contact with your environment while listening to your favorite tunes.

As an avid podcast listener, one of the first things I did was check audio capabilities.

I cranked up a file on my phone and used Bluetooth to play on Ray-Ban Stories.

I was immediately impressed by the directed audio quality.

It also worked sufficiently well for phone calls and even an editorial meeting for news.com.au on Google Hangouts.

The microphone array and speakers live up to the hype.


The Facebook View app lets you view, edit, and customize your media with unique creative formats.

For example, you can combine several videos into a montage and use the two cameras to transform photos into short 3D videos.

You can then share to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, and other social media platforms.

Stylish designs

Ray-Ban Stories will come in three styles: Wayfarer (Wayfarer L considered a size), Round, and Meteor.

Additionally, the glasses will be offered in five colors (Shiny Black, Black Matte, Shiny Blue, Shiny Olive, Shiny Brown) and six lens types (G-15 Dark Green, Photochromatic G-15 Green, Dark Grey, Dark Blue, Brown Gradient, Clear + Blue).

You’ll also be able to get prescription lenses.

You can add flair to your style by choosing various lenses: sun, prescription, polarised, gradient, Transitions, and transparent.

What’s under the hood

Ray-Ban Stories is powered by a Snapdragon processor.

The glasses have dual-integrated 5MP cameras, a three-microphone audio array, and directed speakers.


Ray-Ban Stories comes with a specially-designed charging case.

The battery will last you three days with moderate use.

What’s the verdict

EssilorLuxottica and Facebook landed on the right mix with these smart glasses.

They’ve kept the distinctive style of Ray-Ban while adding the type of technology that people expect.

The effort the development team put into making the cameras blend in with the design of the glasses was time well spent. The directed audio was also an elegant solution.

Overall, I liked Ray-Ban Stories and would consider buying a pair.

How can you get a pair?

Ray-Ban Stories is available at Ray-Ban stores and Ray-Ban.com from September 10 in Australia.

On September 13, they will also be available online at select OPSM and Sunglass Hut stores ( not in lockdown) from 7 pm.

The starting price is (AUD) $449.

Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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