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Ray-Ban Stories can now send texts, control calls & music with voice commands

Meta has released a firmware update for Ray Band Stories which allow users to interact with Messenger, listen to messages and use voice to control media playback.

The smart glasses were released last September and they come with two of cameras built-in, a microphone and a speaker. Now this firmware update will put this tech to better use. At launch Zuckerberg has said that the glasses will be able to do some “pretty neat things”. So expect more functionality to be added in time.

This firmware update slaps on a bunch of hands-free features. This is a gradual roll-out which might take some time to reach everyone. When the update hits your region, you’ll be able to use Ray-Ban Stories to send text and voice calls over Messenger, and have messages read outloud.

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Control of music playback is also now part of the package thanks to the update. Users will be able to use their voice to skip to the next song, adjust the volume of audio, pause and resume a song or podcast. For example, saying “Hey Facebook, next” will skip to the next song. Other things you can do include asking the assistant for the battery life status.

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Ray Bay Stories do not have any health or fitness functionality built in. This is more about smart features and social media integration.

To this end they have a pair of front-facing cameras for photos. A long tap on the only physical button takes a high res photo, a short tap a low res photo. You can also take videos that last up to 30 seconds. The idea is to allow users to share these to their social media contacts via the accompanying smartphone app.

The specs are very lightweight and come across as a pair of standard Wayferers. They start at $299 and come in 20 different designs.

Smart glasses seems to be slowly taking off following Google’s unsuccessful project a few years ago. This month we heard about the alternative reality OPPO glasses and Huawei is readying to present its own product in this category on December 23rd.

Via Endgaget

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