Get ready to see Facebook’s first foray into smart glasses.
On Tuesday, the company’s partner on the project, Ray-Ban, posted a web page for the smart glasses that hints more will be revealed on Thursday, Sept. 9.
Facebook executives also appear to be teasing the product’s imminent arrival. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and vice president Andrew Bosworth have been uploading videos that appear to have been recorded through the smart glasses.
The videos are taken from a first-person perspective. You can also see that both Zuckerberg and Bosworth capture the footage without using their hands. In one video, Bosworth golfs; in another video, Zuckerberg water skis and rows a boat.
However, the videos don’t show much else, such as what the glasses look like. But at the very least, the glasses seem capable of taking 1080p video.
A year ago, Facebook announced its plans to develop a pair of smart glasses for an eventual 2021 release. To build them, the social network partnered with EssilorLuxottica SA, the French-Italian company that owns the eyewear brands Ray-Ban, Oakley, and LensCrafters.
Last year, Facebook also gave staffers a prototype, dubbed Project Aria, to gather data on how smart glasses could be used in real-world environments.
Google, Amazon, Snap, and others have been working on smart glasses over the years. But the technology has so far remained niche. One main obstacle has been battery life, which tends to be quite short on a glasses product. The other has been finding a major use for smart glasses when smartphones have become the go-to handheld device for everyday consumers.
We’ll have to see if Facebook can offer anything different. However, the company’s long-term goal is to use the glasses as a stepping stone for augmented reality devices, which can overlay virtual effects into your field of vision.