The social media giant Facebook presented its first-ever smart glasses which will allow its users to listen to music, take pictures and videos, as well as receive calls.
"We’ve believed for a long time that glasses are going to be an important part of building the next computing platform," Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.
The glasses were produced in partnership with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica and they will include an optional virtual assistant which can be operated through voice commands.
A special app will allow sharing the images and videos captured by the device on Facebook’s social media services which include Twitter and Instagram.
The glasses’ series which is named Ray-Ban Stories will sell starting from $299.
Despite the main profit of the company being received from advertising, Facebook is currently attempting to enter the market of virtual and augmented reality.
An example of Facebook’s products in the field is the Oculus VR headset which is manufactured by Facebook’s subsidiary company.
Last year one of Facebook’s chief scientists said that in 5 to 10 years from now the company will manufacture “true” augmented reality glasses.
Other major technology firms like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple are also invested in this domain.
Google was one of the pioneers with its Google Glass device which eventually did not receive much credit and was slammed by human rights organizations as giving its users an option to capture strangers without them noticing.
Facebook’s glasses on the other hand will have a LED light that will turn on every time the glasses start recording.