We’re calling it: these Ray-Ban x Fb sunnies are the way forward for eyewear
I’ll admit it, I used to be a contact sceptical when final week I acquired an invite to a top-secret unveiling of the brand new collaboration between Ray-Ban and Fb, known as Ray-Ban Tales, which was introduced to the world by Mark Zuckerberg and Rocco Basilico this morning.
Certain, on the floor of it, sun shades with secret cameras fitted on the temples sound about as brilliantly Bond-esque as a Bic pen that shoots fireplace, however in actuality, such confections typically quantity to the identical degree of life-changing innovation because the solar-powered lazy Susan your mom purchased from Tomorrow’s World journal in 1995.
I parked my doubts, nevertheless, and have since spent the previous seven days bopping round city carrying the sunnies, that are as snug as a daily pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, capturing pictures of unsuspecting passersby, snaps of my toes and blurry pictures of contrails littering our better-late-than-never summer season sky.
The glasses, which come housed in a nifty charging case (which is, in flip, charged up on the mains), are, regardless of their Inspector Gadget pretensions, surprisingly effectual. The standard of the nonetheless pictures captured by the 5MP digicam is spectacular, the video recording functionality is sharp and the truth that you possibly can hearken to music and take telephone calls by way of the arms of the sun shades is, effectively, a pleasant bonus.
OK, OK, I do know what you’re pondering: “Why on Earth would you trouble taking pictures together with your sun shades when you possibly can simply do it together with your telephone?” The reality, reader, is that you just’ll trouble as a lot for the novelty worth as for the precise, real-world performance.
Say, for example, you’re at Notting Hill Carnival and also you wish to take an image of a very vibrant float or an particularly mangled reveller. The chances are high that you’ll be juggling a can of Crimson Stripe, your rave whistle and a vuvuzela and subsequently it’ll show way more handy to press the facet of your sun shades to take a photograph than it should to fish out your telephone from that stylish crossbody bag to procure for the event.
Likewise, ought to you end up at a seaside wedding ceremony the place the bridezilla has banned photos till after the ceremony (egocentric), you possibly can totally ignore her needs and snap away till your coronary heart’s content material utilizing your sunnies as a substitute.
What’s extra, if you happen to’re at a pageant, say, you not should be a kind of inordinately annoying folks (AKA everybody today) who spend the whole set wanting on the stage by way of the display of their telephone as a way to “seize the second”. With Ray-Ban Tales you are able to do all that with a High Gun-esque flick of your sun shades as a substitute.
By the use of a whistle-stop technical tour: the sun shades hook up with the Fb View companion app (you’ll want a Fb profile to entry it) and as soon as logged in you’re free to snap away utilizing the seize button on the precise arm of the glasses (one lengthy press for a nonetheless picture, two brief presses to cease and begin video recording). Whenever you’ve completed taking pictures, you merely obtain the pictures on to your telephone et voilà: your transformation into newbie sleuth is full.
The perfect information, nevertheless, is the truth that Ray-Ban has put in a lightweight on the entrance of the glasses which flashes every time the seize button is pressed (pay shut consideration, potential peeping toms and wedding ceremony ruiners).
Oh, and one other piece of fine information is that the frames are a snip at £299, which is significantly lower than Tomorrow’s World would have charged.
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