Facebook’s Ray-Ban Glasses Leaked and They Look Awfully Familiar

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Glasses Leaked and They Sure Look Familiar

None of this should come as a surprise. We’ve known that these glasses were coming since 2019. We also knew this pair wouldn’t have the advanced AR features you’d associate with the term “smart glasses.” The company blatantly told the Verge that the glasses wouldn’t have an AR display last year. In a recent earnings call, Zuckerberg also said the glasses would have Ray-Ban’s “iconic form factor” and would “let you do some pretty neat things.” He also commented that he was looking forward to “full augmented reality glasses in the future.” The main question is whether those “pretty neat things” include anything other than taking short videos.

Facebook hasn’t been shy about its AR and VR ambitions. Facebook Reality Labs Research, the division that works on these projects, has published several deep dives into how the company envisions how AR will shape our technological future. That includes everything from “smart audio” and facial recognition, to soft wristbands to control AR with your mind. Based on the images, however, it’s probably safe to say that these glasses won’t be that much different from the smart glasses we’ve already seen.

The Echo Frames, Bose Frames, and Razer Anzu are all similar glasses—though they lack the ability to record video. They function more like headphones in that they let you take calls, listen to music, and use your phone’s digital assistant. It’s possible the Ray-Ban Stories will also do these things, though we’ll have to wait for the official details to know for sure.

Another question is how comfortable people will feel about wearing sunglasses made by Facebook with cameras built-in. The Portal gave people the heebie-jeebies. Back in 2014, a woman in San Francisco was also assaulted for wearing Google Glass at a bar. A big reason why that happened? People at the bar were reportedly upset at the possibility of being recorded. Combine those two things, and it’s easy to see why Facebook branding is largely absent from the glasses themselves.


We’ll have to see how the Ray-Ban Stories do. So far people haven’t seemed particularly keen on this type of smart glasses, and technically, we’ve been here before with the Snap Spectacles. But who knows? Maybe Facebook’s figured something out.

Fitbit Charge 5 Leaks Reveal New Color Touchscreen

Fitbit Charge 5 Leaks Reveal New Color Touchscreen

The Charge line has mostly stuck to iterative updates over the years, and as one of the company’s most popular products, Fitbit’s adopted an “if it ain’t broke” strategy. One interesting point will be battery life. Fitbit’s multi-day battery life helps set its gadgets apart in a world increasingly dominated by premium smartwatches that can barely last longer than a day. However, color touchscreens are much more power-hungry compared to monochrome screens. It wasn’t an issue on the Luxe, but then again, the Luxe didn’t have built-in GPS either.

It makes sense that Fitbit would focus more on its trackers this year. Not only did it come out guns blazing last year, but it’s also not likely to make much headway on the premium smartwatch front until next year. While CEO James Park said at Google I/O that the company would be working on a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, Google recently noted that the new platform wouldn’t be coming to non-Samsung watches until mid-2022 at the earliest. That would also give Qualcomm time to shape the hell up and deliver wearable chips that actually use tech from this decade.

We won’t have to wait too long to find out more about the Charge 5. Fitbit generally keeps to a spring-fall launch cadence, and it usually holds a launch event sometime around the end of August.


Someone Made a Playable Clone of Pokémon for the Pebble Smartwatch

Grab This Playable Clone of Pokémon for the Pebble Smartwatch Fast

Pebblemon is currently available through the Rebble.io repository, which was created shortly after the company died as a place to continue to allow users to maintain their smart wearables, and to give developers a way to distribute new apps. If you don’t already use it, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops to get it to play nice with your Pebble watch, but it doesn’t appear terribly difficult. Alternately, Allen has provided all of his source code through GitHub, if you’re in the mood to compile or adapt it into something else yourself.

There are two things to keep in mind if you want to try Pebblemon out: it’s only compatible with the Pebble Time, Pebble Time Round, and Pebble 2 models—not the original version of the wearable—and you’re going to want to jump on this as soon as possible because there’s a very good chance Nintendo’s eager lawyers are already aware of the game, and are already working to wipe it off the face of the Earth.